After tona (many) years as an educator, empowering native students to realize their gifts and talents, and picture-taker for the family, my children said, “Dad, you should enter some of your photographs in art shows.” So I did.
Still caring on as an educator in my career, photography-my art-is slowly taking over. I like that it lets me show people what I see through the lens of my camera, that they only see in passing.
I am married to Deborah Witt and we have four children, all grown now and four grandsons. We live in the Red Cloud Community west of Pine Ridge. I am an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota, Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Henry Payer was born in 1986, in Sioux City, Iowa and is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. A 2008 graduate of Santa Fe’s Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), and a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison, Payer currently lives and works in Sun Prairie, WI. Payer’s narrative compositions are bold and contemporary, filled with vibrant color. Referencing the altered landscape and European modernist models of cubism, spatial distortion and collage; each work offers a visual narrative of symbols and appropriated voices from American consumer society that reconfigures the identity of the portrait. Henry represents the work of a new generation of American Indian artists seeking to expand the range and voice of their visual and cultural representation, while attending to forms of tradition.
Donald F. Montileaux was born in Pine Ridge, SD. He received formal art training at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM. He continued to refine his skills and participated in numerous area art shows and many prestigious art shows nationally, while pursuing a professional career at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, SD for 22 years.
With work spanning the globe, numerous awards and commissions to date, Montileaux’s work is represented in many private and public collections. He has illustrated several book covers, the most recent he authored and illustrated is Tasunka A Lakota Horse Legend, a winner of four national awards: the Mom’s Choice Award, Moonbeam Award, Aesop Award, and the coveted Western Writers of America 2015 Spur Award. In September 2014 he was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
Paul High Horse is member of the Sicangu (Sičháŋǧu) Lakota tribe. Son of a Lakota father and Italian mother, Paul was born in New Jersey; however, at the age of three, his parents moved to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota so Paul and his siblings could be immersed in their native culture. He lived on the reservation until he left to attend college at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Paul currently teaches 7-12th grade art at Fort Calhoun Community School in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. When he’s not teaching he spends his time with family, as well as creating art for clients and exhibitions. Paul’s artistic philosophy incorporates a modern approach to communicate a rich historical context of the Lakota people. His art captures the symbols, traditions, and values inherent to the Lakota tribe. His work also explores different media including acrylics, archival pens, watercolor, and ledger paper.
Wade Patton is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was born and raised in Pine Ridge and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Black Hills State University. He is best known for his oil pastel and ledger art work. He currently lives and works near Boston, Massachusetts and work can be found in homes and galleries across the country.
Part of Her Many Horses’ humor is that even though he paints a very stereotypical, stoic Indian with a stoney face and a feather in his hair, he does not see them as such. Through his art, Charles hopes to show the art world that Native American artists can create more than just pottery and beadwork… that they do not still live in tipis, and that a paintbrush can be as effective at expressing traditions as a sweat lodge or a pow-wow. A Sicangua Lakota and enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Her Many Horses has received many awards throughout his young career.