Artists / Arizona

Kim Obrzut

Flagstaff, AZ | kimobrzut.com

Kim started her art career as a child finding rocks in the washes in Arizona and painting figures, which her family still keeps today.  She started sculpting her Hopi maidens over thirty years ago and still has yet to scratch the surface of her cultural history.  “The Hopi Tribe of Northern Arizona, is thousands of years old.  I have a lifetime to fully explain my people and their history.  I know many of my collectors now understand more about the woman and their powerful place in Hopi history.”

Kim has been casting bronze for over 30 years and continues to enamor her collectors and the Southwest art scene with her latest designs.  “My bronze career has really taken off, and has earned me positions in museum, corporate and private collections all over the world.”  Kim is one of the first Hopis to work in bronze as an Art Medium and one of the first American Indian Women to work in bronze, which is historically a male dominated field of Art.

“I now think back to my childhood and being with my grandfather, and how he was persistent in quality and traditional accuracy in how he carved katchina dolls, and these beliefs still influence me today.  Not only do my sculptures reflect the history of the Hopi people, they transcend the traditions of an ancient people into an ancient art form of bronze.  I am trying to capture a moment in time of my people and have it remembered for many generations to come.”

Kim has had the privilege of being able to serve for two years on the Board of Directors for SWAIA, who runs the Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest American Indian Art show in the United States in August on the plaza of Santa Fe, New Mexico.





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