Alano Edzerza

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Alano Edzerza (born 1981 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Tahltan artist and entrepreneur. He is a member of the Ganhada tribe and Edzerza's work has been shown in multiple exhibitions and museums.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Alano Edzerza was born into the Ganhada tribe during 1981 in Victoria, British Columbia. He was involved with art from a young age, as his family was involved in the art world.[1] Edzerza attended the Victoria School Aboard, where he won his first sculpture award at the age of thirteen.[2] After this, he continued to work on his artwork and began exhibiting his work, while working in Northwest Coast art under the supervision of his family member, Terrance Campbell.[3] He continued his career until he was able to present his own art work to the public by designing art accessories to the people. Edzerza has worked with organizations such as the Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association (KAYA), where he teaches art to youth.[4] Edzerza currently lives in Downtown Vancouver, where he manages his companies, and works through retail art work.[5]


Following his award at the age of thirteen, Edzerza began exhibiting work under the supervision of Campbell, a family member and fellow artist. He wanted to expand his knowledge of jewelry making, so Edzerza traveled to Arizona in 2002 in order to learn from Rick Charlie.[3] He also began creating glass designs, which was met with enough success that he started promoting his own fashion clothing. Eight years later in 2010, during the Olympic Games, Edzerza launched a sportswear outfit for the Dutch Olympic team.[6] He also noticed that his work was being collected by both artists and non-artists, so he launched his own company and retail website for consumers to buy items at retail price.[7][8]

When creating his artwork Edzerza uses his family and heritage as an inspiration, basing them on the region his family came from and on symbols used by his ancestors. He also chose to develop his presentation style by utilizing objects used in a person's daily life, such as jewelry or clothing. He has stated that his goal is to expand his art by designing fashion featuring tribal symbols.[9] Edzerza has also espoused that he wants to show "other artists native and non native alike that we all can create successful business from our talents."[10] In addition, during Edzerza's art career, others well known experience artists has point on how Shawn Hun and Edzerza's art work is one of kind due to their unique style of painting.[11] Alano and Phil Gray were both studying Tsimshian form-line in where they started their career in making all their work based on this tribe.[12][13]

Select artwork[edit]

  • Mosquito, Red Cedar, Acrylic[14]
  • Aslmon Post Earnings, Sterling Silver
  • In or Out, Limited Edition Giclee
  • Salmon Roe Pendant, Sterling Silver
  • Chief of the Sea Box, Sandblasted Glass, Red Cedar
  • Raven and the First Women, Sandblasted Glass, Red Cedar, Acrylic, Stainless steel Standoffs
  • Wise Frog-Panel, Sandblasted Glass, Red Cedar, Acrylic, Stainless Steel
  • Moving Forward, Limited Edition Giclee
  • Eagle Dancer, Serigraph
  • The Chief, Limited Edition Giclee
  • Killerwhale Drum, Limited Edition Giclee
  • Mosquito Drum, Limited Edition Giclee

Select exhibitions[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Edzerza Alano". Skwachay's Lodge Hotel and Gallery. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  2. ^ Kallen, Stuart A. (2016). Native Peoples of the Subarctic. Lerner Publications. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-4677-7938-8.
  3. ^ a b "Come meet Tahltan Native Artist Alano Edzerza on Saturday, November 7th 2015 between 3:00 - 5:00 pm". Spirits of the West Coast Art Gallery Inc. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  4. ^ Edzerza, Alano (2020). "Aboriginal Exhibition". Urbana Original.
  5. ^ Edzerza, Alano (2017). "About Alano". Edzerza Gallery.
  6. ^ Charleyboy, Lisa (December 14, 2013). "Shopping indigenous this holiday season".
  7. ^ "Alano Edzerza". Lattimer Gallery. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  8. ^ Lyon, Christine. "Edzerza Apparel creates native artwear for every body". North Shore News. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  9. ^ "Alano Edzerza". WIOT. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  10. ^ Edzerza, Alano. "About Alano". Edzerza Gallery.
  11. ^ Megan, A, Smetzer. Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast. pp. Review.
  12. ^ "Phil Gray". Lattimer Gallery. 2020.
  13. ^ Parnell, Luke J. (2012). "The Convergence of Intangible and Material Wealth". The Convergence of Intangible and Material Wealth: 49.
  14. ^ Edzerza, Alano (August 5, 2010). "Stonington Gallery". Stonington Gallery.
  15. ^ "Fall 2015 visual arts: Impressionism at SAM, Keeping Clam and a new art museum". The Seattle Times. 2015-09-09. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  16. ^ writer, Will Broaddus Staff. "Native American fashions speak volumes in new Peabody Essex Museum exhibit". The Daily News of Newburyport. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  17. ^ Wang, Amy (2016-05-27). "Celebrating the work of Native American fashion designers". Oregonian/OregonLive. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  18. ^ Palmer, Alex. "These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashion". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2020-03-04.