June 3, 1980
Alano Edzerza has been involved in artistic endeavours since a young age, receiving an award for sculpture from the Victoria School Board at the age of 13. He started learning about Northwest Coast art from his family, in particular from Terrence Campbell. In 2002, Alano attended school in Arizona under the instruction of Rick Charlie. He has worked with many artists including Jay Simeon, Marcel Russ, Phil Gray, Corey Bulpitt, Beau Dick, Mark Preston, and Dempsey Bob. Alano began working with glass, and experimenting with this medium. In October of 2007, Alano had his first solo show at Stonington Gallery in Seattle, where he featured new pieces in glass, jewellery, and limited edition prints. The arrival of the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 opened even more doors for this rising artist, resulting in the Vancouver Olympic Committee commissioning Alano to create a large scale glass installation at Rogers Arena, as well as the Dutch Olympic Team contracting him to help design their uniforms for the games.