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Artists of the moment……..Larry Ahvakana




Larry Ahvakana is a contemporary artist who works as a painter, printmaker, mask maker, and sculptor. Lawrence Ahvakana was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. His culture is the Inupiaq people of Northern Alaska.

Ahvakana attended the Institute of American Indian Art located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Ahvakana also attended Cooper Union School of Art located in New York City. Ahvakana went on to earn a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design.

I enjoy the figures of this artist the most. His seal is very unique but one can recognize the creature immediately. In his figures he uses many curved lines and simple geometric shapes which give his work movement and life.

Ahvakana also works as a jewelry maker equally adept at working with stones and glass.

Price range information: Jewelry works can be found for $1,000 up to original works which can reach $20,000.

A heavy influence on the artist was the Apache Indian sculptor Allan Houser.

The artist is part of many prominent collections including the San Francisco Museum of Art.

What a multi-talented artist! He seems to be a master of all mediums he works with!