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Kevin Red Star

 (born 1943)
Kevin Red Star is active/lives in Montana, New Mexico.  Kevin Red Star is known for mod Indian figure-motif, collage.

Kevin Red Star

Biography from the Archives of askART

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Born and raised on the Crow reservation in Lodgegrass, Montana, Kevin Red Star does Indian paintings that reflect the influence of his father and mother and a home filled with love of fine art.  His father was a musician, horseman, and collector of Remington and Russell prints, and his mother did meticulous beadwork and artistic sewing.

He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts* in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with James McGrath, where he was allowed to explore his history and culture and experimented with the "New Indian Art."  Then he attended the San Francisco Art Institute on a scholarship, which "further exposed him to the avant-garde and the political and social concerns of post-modern art." In 1966, he returned to Montana, living at Red Lodge near Billings.  He stays in close touch with art in Santa Fe, New York and California.

Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, 2003

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Biography from Cooper's Art Gallery & Brokerage
• Native American Heritage - Crow
• Born and raised on the Crow Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana
• Principal works are acrylic on canvas.

• Studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), Rocky Mountain College and the San Francisco Art Institute.

• His works are influenced by Allan Houser and Charles Loloma.

• T.C. Cannon, Earl Biss, Nez Perez, Doug Hyde, Dan Namingha were his contemporaries in the early years of the IAIA (which opened in 1962).

• Kevin Red Star is a pivotal figure among contemporary Native American painters. One of the handful of artists who freed the genre from its longtime niche as artifact and tourist commodity, he has been advancing the cause for more than three decades.

• Well-known for his intense portraits of Crow elders who project a distinct and mighty presence, an explosion of color, and the inimitable Red Star line. Every detail in his paintings is meaningful.

• Known as "Running Rabbit" in his native Crow language, Kevin Red Star is a tall, soft-spoken man who has devoted his life to sharing his culture with the world. Red Star has evolved from a self-taught youngster who constantly sketched scenes of his homeland to a pivotal North American master painter and printmaker renowned for his bold palette, emotionally evocative subjects, and compelling design elements.

• His works and biography are published in Running Rabbit - The Work of Kevin Red Star.

• Red Star's works are the focal point of several important museum collections, including...
? The Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of the American Indian
? Museum of the American West, Los Angeles
? Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman
? Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody
? Yellowstone Art Museum

Biography from
Kevin Red Star was born on a Crow reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana, in 1943. Raised in the language and ways of his Indian heritage, those early years imbued him with the Crow culture which is fully expressed in a real and heartfelt way in his art.

His talent was recognized early and he had the opportunity to develop as he studied at the Institute of American Indian Art in New Mexico, the San Francisco Art Institute, Montana State University in Bozeman and Eastern Montana State in Billings. Marking his emergence as an artist, his paintings have received recognition and awards including First Prize and the Governor's Choice at the Scottsdale National Indian Exhibition.

Red Star's subjects are mostly traditional Indian forms, but his use of mixed media alters and enhances those forms in a purely contemporary manner. Using ink, acrylic and collage, his compositions are well organized and brilliantly colored, utilizing mainly earth tones. His extensive knowledge of Indian culture, costumes and design elements imparts an authenticity that remains unobscured by the contemporary expression. His subjects seem timeless, suspended in reverential space created by Red Star from his own deep humanitarianism.

Sensitive and thought provoking, Red Star best expresses his work when he explains: "Indian culture has been ignored to a great extent.  For me and many other Indian artists, it is a rich source of creative expression.  An intertwining of my Indian culture with contemporary art has given me an enlightenment and greater insight concerning my art. I hope to accomplish something for the American Indian and, at the same time, achieve personal satisfaction in a creative statement through my art."

Biography from Southwest Graphics Collection
Kevin Red Star was born in 1943 in Lodge Grass, Montana, on the Crow Indian Reservation. Red Star attended the Institute of American Indian Art in New Mexico. On a scholarship, he studied painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Red Star has established a reputation as a painter of reflections of his own heritage. Through the years, Red Star has studied and developed an extensive knowledge about authentic Indian costume and design elements. And while he uses this expertise to insure authenticity in the fundamental design of his work, he occasionally rearranges details and abstracts them so that they will enhance the overall effect of his composition.

Using mixed media including acrylic, ink and collage, Red Star takes traditional themes and creates a purely contemporary approach to his artwork.

Red Star's paintings and lithographs have captured a number of top awards including First Prize and the Governor's Choice at the Scottsdale National Indian Exhibition. His work was included in the Annual Indian Arts and Crafts Show at the Heard Museum in Phoenix from 1965 to 1973. He has exhibited in Japan, Scotland, Germany, and in a Paris show sponsored by designer Pierre Cardin.

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About  Kevin Red Star

Born:  1943 - Lodge Grass, Montana
Known for:  mod Indian figure-motif, collage