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 John Balloue  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: Indian figure painting

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BIOGRAPHY for John Balloue
1948 (Richmond, California)

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Creator of the winning poster design for the 2001 Indian Market in Santa Fe, John Balloue painted "Delegates for Peace," five Sioux Indian Chiefs.

Balloue was born in Richmond, California and is the son of a Cherokee father and an English mother. He grew up in the suburbs of San Francisco and has remained in that area except for 14 months in Vietnam. He graduated from California State University at Hayward in 1975, the first member of his family to be a college graduate.

His style is photo-real, much influenced by James Bama, Richard McClean, and Robert Bechtle. For the past 20 years, his subject matter has been almost exclusively Native American.

Biography from Johns' Western Gallery:
John Balloue is a successful Native American artist who resides in the Bay Area, California.  Several of his paintings, many which demonstrate Indian themes, have been made into posters for shows including: 20th Annual American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, Calif., 1995 and Native American Cultural Month, the Army/Air Force Exchange Service, Dallas, Texas, 1995.

His artwork is a form of respect for the people he paints – his relatives, his, family, his people.  Though Balloue is a member of the Western Band of Cherokees, he paints other tribes as well.  Believing that art can make a political statement, Balloue often portrays socio-political issues that illustrate the Indian's complex role in past and present cultures.

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