Image courtesy of First Peoples Fund

brian szabo


TRIBE: Sicangu Lakota

MEDIUM: Carving, Jewelry and Metal

LOCATION: Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin




Born and raised on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, Brian grew up watching and working alongside his accomplished silversmith father.  He used the inspiration from his upbringing to become the award winning artist he is today.  

Buffalo, elk, deer, antelope bone, horn and antler are traditional materials that have been utilized for centuries for a variety of applications in Native traditions. Brian takes these elements and mixes them with silver and stone in order to create pieces steeped in tradition but fit for a modern world.

Brian is developing presentations that demonstrate the process of creating a piece of jewelry from bone and horn to share at art shows, in galleries and store fronts.