Roberto Dutesco is a New York–based Canadian photographer, poet and filmmaker. His award-winning work documenting the Wild Horses of Sable Island commenced in 1994. His films and photographs have brought international awareness and helped establish official protection for the island and its inhabitants. 

In 1994, Dutesco made a promise to the superintendent of Sable Island that one day the photos would be in a museum. In 2014, that promise was fulfilled and the Wild Horses of Sable Island were featured at the Natural History Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently, the Wild Horses of Sable Island is on exhibit at the Museum at Prairiefire through a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History.

Dutesco has photographed prominent personalities of our times, such as Pierre Trudeau, the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev. Completed photo series include The Wild Horses of Sable Island, The American Sandscape, Rocks & Things, Flowers & Dreams, Brîncusi: The Endless Column, The Human Landscape, Waters and East/West Travels of the 14th Dalai Lama. His published writings and poems include Ethereal Reflections, Alphabetical Mayhem and The Wild Horses of Sable Island.



Roberto Dutesco

1961              June 6. Born Bucharest, Romania.

1980             Moves from Romania to Canada.

1987–92       Becomes sought-after fashion photographer filling the pages of Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Flare and many more.

1994              Sable Island odyssey begins. The start of a lifelong project.

2006            The Wild Horses of Sable Island opens to a crowd of over three thousand people in Soho, New York.  


2007             Dutesco, Tunney and Arcadia crew arrive on Sable Island and begin principle photography for a feature documentary                             entitled Chasing Wild Horses. After three successive trips to the Island Dutesco and the crew complete filming.

2007             Surfing Sable Island, catalogue produced in collaboration with Scott MacDonough

2012             June. Publication of limited-edition book, The Wild Horses of Sable Island.

2014             June. Publication of The Wild Horses of Sable Island by teNeues.

2015             March. Publication of Roberto Dutesco reflects on Sable Island in the Canadian Geographic magazine. 


2008            The Modern Estate, “Wild Thing: Roberto Dutesco’s Irresistible Photographs of the Horses of Sable Island”

2009            Elements, “Unbridled Beauties”

2010             Artes Magazine, “Canada’s, Sable Island Wild Horses, Subject of Roberto Dutesco Photography

2014             Equestrio, “The Wild Horses of Sable Island: Roberto Dutesco’s Soulful Journey of Discovery”

2015             Canadian Geographic, “Roberto Dutesco Reflects on Sable Island” 


2002             Sable Horses, Sand Dunes, and Rocks & Things, National Arts Club, Solo Show

2002             The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Sony Headquarters in New York and Chicago

2003             A World Without Borders, United Nations, New York

2004             Here is Now and Water World, Montreal. An outdoor public art exhibit.

2005            The Sable Horses, World Expo in Japan, United States Pavilion

2006            Homage to Brîncusi, New York

2006            The Wild Horses of Sable Island Gallery opens in Soho, New York

2007            Surfing Sable Island, New York. A collaboration with Scott MacDonough.

2007            Flowers and Poems, Lord and Taylor, New York. Fifth Avenue window installations.

2008            US Premiere of Chasing Wild Horses documentary, National Arts Club, New York

2008            The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Ralph Lauren Mansion, New York

2008            The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Ralph Lauren, East Hampton, New York

2008            Works by Roberto Dutesco, The Riverhouse, New York

2008            Wild Horses, LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, New York

2009            Ethereal Reflections, Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue, New York. A book of the same title is also published.

2010             We are Beauty, Amsterdam. A collaboration with Ivan Tse.

2011              Past to Present, New York, Solo Show

2011              Wild Horses of Sable Island, The Embassy of Canada’s Gallery, Washington, D.C.

2012-13        The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Jiva Hill, Crozet, France

2013             The Wild Horses of Sable Island, American Gold Cup, North Salem, New York

2013             The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Equita’ Lyon, Lyon, France

2013             The Wild Horses of Sable Island, The Melbourne Cup, Melbourne, Australia

2014             The Wild Horses of Sable Island, The AAFHK, Hong Kong, China

2015             The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, Halifax, Canada

2015             The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park, Kansas. The Museum at Prairiefire is a unique                              collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, New York.