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~Kevin Red Star

Since embarking on his professional artistic journey, the acknowledged master artist is considered a visual historian and ambassador for his Native Crow culture. In 1997, Kevin Red Star received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Art from the Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana and in 2010, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Kevin Red Star's works are the focal point of several important museum collections, including...

  • The Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of the American Indian
  • CM Russell Museum
  • Heard Museum
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Eiteljorg Museum
  • Southwest Museum
  • Whitney Museum of Western Art
  • Institute of American Indian Arts Museum
  • United States Department of State

Kevin Red Star was born in 1943 on the Crow Reservation in Lodge Grass Montana. He was the third oldest in a family of nine children and was raised in a family that values art and culture, where he developed an early love of drawing and music. This exposure and encouragement sustained him during his years in grade school during the time when Crow students were denied association with their language and cultural heritage. His mother, Amy Bright Wings, practiced traditional Crow embroidery and beadwork. His Father, Wallace Red Star, was a musician, horseman and a collector of Remington and Russell prints.
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."
"Indian culture has in the past been ignored to a great extent. It is for me, as well as for many other Indian artists, a rich source of creative expression. An intertwining of my Indian culture with contemporary art expression has given me a 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."
-- Kevin Red Star
In 1966, he returned to Montana, living at Red Lodge near Billings. Since his return to Montana, Red Star's work has increasingly expressed his self-affirmed role as historian, recorder, and ambassador for his native Crow culture. Surrounded by his extended family, his horses and his ancestral homeland, Kevin Red Star has established a unique balance between his world and his art.

Joelle Rostkowski et Kevin Red Star. Studio de l'artiste. Red Lodge (Montana). Août 2015

Nicolas Rostkowski et Kevin Red Star. Studio de l'artiste. Red Lodge (Montana). Août 2015