Richard Glazer Danay

Caughnawaga Mohawk, Born 1942

Richard Glazer Danay is a well-regarded multimedia artist whose work includes paintings and assemblage. His most recognizable works are made from hard hats, which reference his former trade as an ironworker. Glazer Danay graduated from California State University, Northridge, and holds two M.F.A degrees from California State University, Chico, and the University of California, Davis. He was the Rupert Costo Chair of American Indian Affairs at the University of California, Riverside, and taught at California State University, Long Beach, where he earned the title of professor emeritus. He also served as a commissioner on the Indian Arts and Crafts Board. His art has been featured in many important institutions including the British Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum.

Over his life, Glazer Danay’s art has been inspired by his various occupations, his sense of California, and his Native culture. He states, “I was an iron worker, dishwasher, I worked at the Whisky a Go Go in L.A., I was Dean Martin’s bodyguard. The sixties weren’t a real big influence, more like the fifties, like Hollywood Boulevard, the garishness and the excess. The neon signs.”