Klatle-Bhi, Kwakwaka’wakw/Squamish

Northwest Coast Mask Carver

Klatle-Bhi (pronounced 'Kloth-Bay') was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1966.  He began his life as an artist studying the works of his ancestors featured in museums and galleries.  Klatle- Bhi spent many hours with artists Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, Wade Baker and Rick Harry, absorbing their understanding and knowledge of native culture.  

In his carving, which has evolved over 20 years, Klatle-Bhi is committed to the spiritual and cultural expression of his ancestors. Many of his carvings express his own personal and spiritual journey through life. It is his goal to achieve the highest level of craftsmanship and artistry that this cultural medium will allow. He believes that his journey as an artist has just begun.

Klatle-Bhi comes from a very traditionally rooted family where his Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw cultures are a large part of everyday life. Aside from his artwork, Klatle-bhi aspires to maintain the languages, dances and songs of his ancestors. Klatle-Bhi believes both art and culture meet on a journey into the history of his people.