PO BOX 2491

SANTA FE, New Mexico 87504


Born in Santa Fe New Mexico in 1982, Wayne Nez Gaussoin is the youngest of three sons’ of Jeweler Connie Tsosie Gaussoin. Following a family tradition, his mother and older brother David, have taught him basics of silversmithing. He has since then taken courses at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago finished his Bachelors of Fine Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts and he has currently completed a Master of Fine Arts with a Minor in Museum Studies from The University of New Mexico.

Wayne’s interest in art not only focuses on jewelry, but also includes media such as sculpture and installation. His style is a merge of his own design of modern influences incorporating traditional ideas and techniques. Such ideas are displayed in his Tufa casts, lost wax casts and earth work forms.

Wayne has and continues to sell his work through selected juried art shows, such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and galleries nationally and internationally such as Kiva Gallery in Uppsala Sweden.  He also has participated in lectures and artist-in-residencies such as The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and a four-month fellowship through The School of American Research in Santa Fe, NM. Wayne has also attended a global Indigenous Artists Forum Invitational in Kona, Hawaii. And has taught at The Idyllwild School of The Arts in California, the Poeh Museum in New Mexico and recently at the University of New Mexico.

Wayne’s recent experience participating in the Land Arts of the American West program at the University of New Mexico has directly focused his current direction of work and plans to explore the ideas and relationship between pop culture and traditional ideas and values.  

To learn more about Wayne please visit his website at

“It is important to keep your culture and traditions and to be expressive as an individual.”      

– Wayne Nez Gaussoin  


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