Alaska Native Arts Foundation Board of Directors and Staff send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of John Hoover, our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you.
John Hoover was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska in 1919. Born to a Dutch father and Aleut-Russian mother, Hoover explored many paths in life. He worked as a fisherman, a taxi driver, a drummer and a sailor. He was an artist throughout his life. Hoover created small-and large-scale sculptures in cedar and bronze. He was one of the first to successfully bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary art and spent a lifetime mastering his craft, breaking new ground and reviving ancient cultures. His work was included in a national exhibit in 2000 called Twentieth Century America Sculpture, organized by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Biography courtesy of Julie Decker).
John Hoover's work inspired many. His art was exhibited at the finest Native galleries, museums, private collections and corporations.
Here are some links to his work on display: