Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
in 1982, Wayne Nez Gaussoin is the youngest of three sons' of
jeweler Connie Tsosie Gaussoin. Following a family tradition,
Wayne Nez has been taught silversmithing by his mother and brother,
David. Wayne Nez
graduated from UNM with his MFA and IAIA with his BFA. Wayne Nez also attended art related studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Wayne Nez’s interest in art not only focuses on jewelry;
but also includes media such as photography, music, and land arts.
Wayne Nez’ style is a mix of traditional
Native American applications with a contemporary flair. The materials
he chooses to work with are mostly silver and gold with various
exotic stones and shells. He has also experimented with non-traditional
items in a moving progressive sense of design. Wayne Nez’s
experience of traveling throughout Western Europe and Ecuador
has inclined his artistic thought. Wayne has conducted lectures
at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and Wheelwright Museum.
He has also shared his art form at the Heard Museum through
an Artist-in-Residency program; as well as, teaching tufa casting
at Idyllwild School of Arts in Idllywild, CA.
Wayne Nez has participated in many juried art
shows and has won several awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, the
Heard Museum, the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos show, and others.
Wayne Nez was also selected for the “Collectors Choice Award” for
permanent collection at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
in Santa Fe NM. He was also chosen for “Metal Works” exhibition,
at the Heard Museum North. One thing, amongst many others, Wayne
is the assistant Curator at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
Wayne Nez continues to show in various juried
art shows and pursues’ plans of furthering his interests
in Art through school and perhaps even studying abroad.
Shop online now for Wayne Nez's current work!!
SWAIA, Southwestern Association
for Indian Arts: Indian Market
1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002 Key Dazzler, "Cruzin
Around the Rez", SWAIA/IAIA Art Auction.
Northern Pueblos Council Annual Summer Show
– 1996, 1997,
1999, and 2000
Heard Museum, Heard Museum Youth Market,
– 1998, and
Wheelwright Museum, Wheelwright
Museum Youth Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Museum of Indian Arts
and Culture, Santa Fe,
– 2002: " Collectors
Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe,
of Man, San Diego, California
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture,Santa Fe, New
Wheelwright Museum, Case Trading Post, Santa Fe,
of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM
Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
Heard Museum, Heard Museum Gift Shop, Phoenix,
Case Trading Post, Santa Fe, NM
Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry, Diana F. Pardue with the Heard Museum, 2007
A New Era in Jewelry: Forging a Future, Diana Pardue, Ornament Magazine, Vol. 31 No. 2, 2007
Artists Tackle New Genre for Mayo Clinic, Dottie Indyke, El Palacio,Vol.111/No3, 2006
Native Artists Collaborate on Bench Project in Mayo Clinic’s Healing Garden, Heard Museum
FASHIONATION, Native Designers Step it up, Susan Heard, Native Peoples Magazine, 2006
American Indian Jewelry I,
200 Artist Biographies, Gregory
Schaaf, CIAC Press; American
Indian Art Series: Volume 5.
The World of Digital Camera: PHOTO
GALLERY, Takatoshi Sato, World Photo Press (Japan),
Indian Jewelry, World Photo Press (Japan), Spring 2000
Gaussoin Tradition, Southwest
Art Magazine, August 1999
PUEBLO ARTISTS; Portraits, photographs
by Toba Tucker and essays by Alfred Bush,
Swentiell, and Lonnie Vigil, August 1998
PUEBLO PEOPLE Ancient Traditions, Modern
Lives: Marcia Keegan
Artist in Residence/ Instructing:
Poeh Arts Center, Pojoaque, NM, 2010, 2011
Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; November 2001
Arts, Idyllwild, California; July7-11 2003 & 2004
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