Marvin Oliver

(American | Quinault | Isleta-Pueblo, born 1946, died 2019)

Late Seattle-based artist Marvin Oliver was a master carver, sculptor, and printmaker producing works in cedar, bronze, glass, steel, and paper.

Oliver worked within the traditions of Northwest Coast designs and themes, but he was also an important influence on contemporary Native American art and artists. He described his art as "formulated by merging the spirit of past traditions with those of the present... to create new horizons for the future." Many of his artworks express his ideas and Native American stories about life, time, traditions, ancestors, the universe, and his hope for future generations.

He was professor emeritus of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Native American Art at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, both in Seattle. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in 1973.

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