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.
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.