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About Matagi


photo by Steven Toya

Matagi Sorensen has been creating objects of art since he was a child. Although living primarily in the high desert of the Verde Valley in Arizona, his family spent time sporadically in the Phoenix area, and making arts provided a creative refuge as well as a way to contribute to the family’s income. With the realization that he wanted to pursue a career as a jewelry designer and craftsman, Matagi attended Northern Arizona University where he studied metalsmithing and jewelry. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2011.  Upon graduation, Matagi’s career has flourished with collectors and shows around the country. His contemporary style, which merges an urban sensibility with natural elements, reflects the two worlds he has moved through since his youth. Matagi is a member of the Yavapai Apache Nation and currently lives and works in Phoenix.

If you see a piece that you like and it is sold, please contact the artist at matagisorensen@gmail.com.

Media
Northern Arizona University: Iron Will, December 2012 - Article and Video
South Scottsdale Magazine, May 2012
The Arizona Daily Sun, January 29, 2012
School Arts Magazine, October, 2011
Mountain Living Magazine, June 2011
The Arizona Daily Sun, April 24th, 2011
Northern Arizona News Today: The LumberJack, April 19th, 2011
Arizona Daily Sun, January 31, 2011 - Viola Award Nominees

Shows
eiteljorg-museum-of-american-indians-and-western-artJune 22 & 23, 2013: 2013 Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival, Eiteljorg Museum,  500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Juried Show
March 2 & 3, 2013: 55th Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
JURIED SHOW
December 8 & 9, 2012Pueblo Grande Museum 36th Annual Indian Market, Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ
JURIED SHOW
July 14th and 15th, 2012: 15th Annual Prescott Indian Art MarketSharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, AZ
JURIED SHOW
February 18th & 19th, 2012Southwest Indian Arts Fair, Arizona State Museum (front lawn): University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
INVITED ARTIST - JURIED SHOW
April 29, 2011Hollow Body of Work BFA Exhibition at the Beasley Gallery: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
June/July 2010Native American Art Exhibition – Flagstaff Cultural Partners: Coconino Center for the Arts
JURIED SHOW
Spring 2010: Northern Arizona University Sendai (NAU in Japan) Show
JURIED SHOW

Necklace - Hollow Form Reticulated Silver

November/December 2009“It’s Elemental” 9th Annual Fine Crafts Exhibition – Flagstaff Cultural Partners: Coconino Center for the Arts
JURIED SHOW
November/December 2008“It’s Elemental” 8th Annual Fine Crafts Exhibition – Flagstaff Cultural Partners: Coconino Center for the Arts
Student Portion
JURIED SHOW

Awards
August 2012, Top 5 Finalist, Halstead Grant Competition
March 3rd, 2012  2012 Viola Award Nominee in Emerging Artist category, presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners
2011  2011 Viola Award Nominee in Emerging Artist category, presented by Flagstaff Cultural Partners
2010 Whiteman Scholarship for Fine Art
2006 - 2007 Commitment to excellence—original and creative thought in Jewelry I, Yavapai College
2004 Commitment to excellence—quantum leap in skills in Ceramics, Yavapai College

Teaching
Desert Marigold Waldorf Charter School, Phoenix, Arizona
High School Fine Arts
August 2012 to present

Lectures/Speaking Engagements
May 26, 2013: NANAI—Netherlands Association for North American Indians 40th Anniversary Celebration
Subject: TBD
Rotterdam, Netherlands

 

What people are saying . . . 

Earrings ~ Southwest Find

While visiting the Southwest recently, I went to the Zen Mountain Gallery in Jerome, AZ. I saw your work and felt that it was very spiritual as well as beautiful. I bought a pair of the sunshield earrings. I wear them every day. Thank you for your work. ~B.B., Kansas City, MO

Commission - Engagement Ring
IT’S PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) Thank you, Matagi!!!
 ~ Claire O., Phoenix, AZ

New Lotus Pendant
Just received this in the mail – it’s even more beautiful than what you see in the photo. I’m sure my Mom will love it. Thanks Matagi (for the speedy delivery and wonderful craftsmanship)! ~ L., Flagstaff, AZ

Commission – Fine Silver Overlay Cuff
Success!!! The bracelet arrived and it is so beautiful. I can’t thank you enough. Well done, sir! ~ P.S., Brooklyn, NY

Magnificent Silversmith Hello Holly, please tell Matagi Sorensen that we love his work. He is an excellent silversmith and fine art designer. We will be purchasing more from him in the future. Also, thank you for your great communication abilities. Thanks again for the beautiful silver jewelry, ~ David B., American Indian Originals

 

 

 

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