Robert Davis Hoffmann
I Miss You
Plaster, welded steel, and found objects
Robert Davis Hoffmann is of the Tlingit tribe, Tsaagweidi (Eagle/Killer Whale) clan, Xaay Hit (Yellow Cedar House), from Kake, Alaska. His acrylic paintings and carved panels explore native issues by using themes of transformation. His father’s generation struggled with assimilation into western culture; Robert watched him carve and design to stay connected to his culture. Similarly, Robert uses his own art to bridge his tribal past to the present. Robert is most recognized for the large scale painted backdrop that graces the dancer’s platform at the biennial Sealaska Celebrations.
Last updated: December 9, 2017