Michael Horse, of Yaqui, Mescalero Apache and Zuni descent, was born in a place he calls “near Tucson”. He comes from an artistically talented family of jewelers, potters and painters. As a young boy, he grew up in a culturally rich environment and was taught how important art is to the well being of the human spirit. A true modern day renaissance man, Michael is a jeweler, actor, stunt man, sculptor, painter and activist.
Michael had seen jewelry being made from the time he was a child. He learned how to make jewelry from family and other native artists who were kind enough to teach him. In the 1970’s, he would run in to people who needed their old jewelry repaired, so he started doing repairs on old pieces. It was around this time that he decided to be a jeweler. He found that being a jeweler was just something he did because he enjoyed it and something he did between other things, such as being a musician, an actor and a stunt man.
He says, “In my early silversmith career, I liked to make larger pieces, large silver bolos, horse bridals, and actual hand made silver sculptures. Some day, I hope to have time to go back and reexamine these pieces and do similar work again. Currently, I am working on my own interpretation of some traditional tribal knives that are a combination of sculpture and silver fabrication.”
An accomplished actor, Michael has appeared in numerous television shows, movies and cartoons (his personal favorite), including Twin Peaks, Passenger 57, and the Native Canadian series, North of 60. As a linguist in several Native American languages, he has lent his voice and knowledge to a number of projects. Part owner of a production company in Oklahoma, Michael is in the midst of working on a documentary on Native American veterans, and is also on the board of the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. Another strong interest of his is being an advocate for children. He is an inspiring motivational speaker for them, as well as a speaker on their behalf.
Michael Horse’s finely crafted jewelry, carvings, paintings and ledger art have been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, Bonwit Teller in New York, and in galleries throughout the world. A 30 year retrospective of his work, “Dreams of Horses—The Collected Works of Michael Horse“, was shown at the Southwest Museum in Spring, 1997. Michael co-curated the museum’s 2 year exhibit, “Spirit Horses“, and in the fall of 1998, the Southwest Museum at LACMA West, presented his one man show of ledger art, “Images of the People, A Pictorial Journey“. His paintings and jewelry are currently available at the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, Kiva Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gathering Tribes in Berkeley, California
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