Artist, Hollis Chitto - Beadwork

Biography of Hollis Chitto


Hollis Chitto was born in an art town to artist parents. He grew up surrounded by art, artistic discussion and talented people. Hollis started making clay masks and shields when he was five years old. He learned to roll out the clay, sand them, and decorate and paint the pieces himself. When he was ten years old, he started working with glass seed beads and porcupine quills and since then, these have been his principle medium. Hollis attended St John’s College in Santa Fe and then graduated from Institute of American Indian Arts. He has participated in many art shows and received many awards, including the Heard Museum Art Show, Native Treasures and SWAIA Indian Market, most recently winning 2nd place in 2016 for Beaded Bag and Proud Sister Doll Set.

Artist’s Statement

My grandmother was a beadworker, selling her pieces in Chicago where my dad and his family lived. Unfortunately I did not have the chance to learn any techniques from her, since she died when I was very young. Many people have said that her talent in beadwork was passed down to me. The designs I come up with are contemporary and bold, and I use only high quality materials. I never think of beadwork or quillwork as craft, but as fine art.

Images copyright Hollis Chitto

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