(1919-2011) Hoover is cited in Who's Who in American Art as both a sculptor and a painter. Hoover's formal training took place at the Derbyshire School of Fine Arts in Seattle, Washington.
He has taught as an artist-in-residence program, sculpture at the Institute of American Art, in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1972; in Japan, Taiwan and the Phillippines in 1974 and served as an instructor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1979.
Hoover won the first prize in Sculpture at Central Washington State College in 1972, at the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1974 and at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona in 1975. More recently his sculpture titled "Shaman in Form of an Eagle" was included in the Shared Visions National American Painters and Sculptors in the 20th Century exhibition staged in 1991.
His style and technique is described as a "contemporary Indian rendition on polychrome cedar of myths and legends". John's heritage is Aleut and Dutch. John Hoover Art and Life An Alaska Native Storyteller: Celebrating the Sea and Ancient Myths and Legends through Sculpture is a hard-bound book by Julie Decker chronicling this remarkable artist's work and life story.