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Grüße zu unseren Freunden Von Schwarze Pinto Pferd Schöne Künste

los saludos a nuestros amigos De Bellas artes negras de Caballo de Judía Pinta

es salutations à nos amis De Les beaux-arts noirs de Cheval de Pinto

Autry Museum, Los Angeles

Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ
"Monte Yellow Bird Sr., better known in the art world as Black Pinto Horse, is devoted to a positive expression of the harmonic balance between humanity and nature.  Through his art & teaching, he offers us a multitude of gifts, & his optimism shines in his motto:

"We are on this earth for such a short time,
if you're going to shine, shine brightly".
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Upcoming Presentations, Shows & Exhibits
  • Indian Market
Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ
Booth- A 46
  • Artist-In-Residence
Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM
March 24-April 26
  • Elemental Impressions: landscapes inspired by the four elements, Group Show
Manitou Galleries, Canyon Rd., Santa Fe NM
April 2018

Newest Works, click on image

Recent Articles

Summer 2017
Destination Art, pg 58- 59

Summer 2017
Destination Art, pg 58- 59

                Western Art Collector
November 2016
Collecting Sporting Art, pg 54

May 2015
Art of the Horse, pg 97

BPH has been busy in the studio with visions beyond paintings & ledgers. Click to view his bronze sculpture projects, past & present.


Sacrifice is a Tradition
Bronze with cross made of
mesquitte wood
limited edition of 10

Sacrifice is a Tradition is a visual representation of the artist's journey to find "the best part of me."  Each of us carries a burden, but can we describe what it looks like?

Commission, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Cancer Institute, Pierre SD 

TAKE YOUR PLACE AMONG US- There are many sacred seasons of our lives, marking important periods of growth and change. One of the most joyous is the journey from childhood to adulthood. Composed on a Great Falls Ledger, from the city of Great Falls Montana 1916 cir., this piece displays the Rites of Passage Ceremony led by a Traditional First Nation elder and storyteller, as he teaches the sacred story of girls becoming knowledgeable young women and boys evolving into responsible young men.    

Montana Museum Benefit Auctions
Yellowstone Museum, Billings MT
Auction: March 3, 2018
Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT
Auction: February 5, 2018

Smithsonian Museum Holiday Show, New York City, December 1-3, 2017

Autry Museum Indian Market, Los Angeles CA, November 11-12, 2017

ISHI, 2nd Place, Sculpture

Artist-In-Residence, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 2017
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shares, “It should be a time of rich exploration as we introduce you to the history, culture, the traditional as well as the futuristic city.  It is our expectation that this will be reflected in the artworks created during your residency.”

I want to thank the ABU DHABI ART HUB in the United Arab Emirates for their interest in my artwork and storytelling as an Artist-in-Residence. I have officially accepted their personal invitation and am preparing for a 17-hour flight in April. During my month-long residency, I will be representing MHA Nation, the Arikara and Hidatsa, through multiple cultural opportunities; studio visits, a storytelling event and final exhibit.

BPH's Paintings FOR SALE with the Art Hub

Indian Market, Santa Fe NM, August 20 - 21, 2017

Another year of great weather, visits and vistas in beautiful Santa Fe.  BPH had many new, strong pieces.  They flexed their muscles and caught a few eyes.  All went to grand homes. Enjoy the art and their stories forevermore.

Santa Fean Magazine, Summer 2017

pg. 58-59
In May 2017 BPH sat down with Amanda Jackson of the Santa Fean Magazine for an interview.  The backdrop to their conversation was his ledger pieces at Manitou Gallery on Canyon Road. BPH shared his love of culture, history, tradition & art.  To read the full article
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COVER: Native Arts Section
Your Guide to Indian Market

YOU ARE INVITED: Manitou Gallery

If you’re Going to Shine, Shine Brightly
Monte Yellow Bird, AKA Black Pinto Horse


Manitou Gallery
225 Canyon Road
Santa Fe NM

August 16, 10-4 pm
Presentation @ 2 pm

August 18, 5-7 pm
Presentation @ 6 pm

Indian Market, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN, June 24- 25, 2017

2nd Place: Nishu Bowman

3rd Place: Hail Stone Stands

Young collectors, repeated collectors and awards were the theme of this market. 

BPH met this family during their vacation to the Grand Tetons in 2016...and they enjoyed their visit so much, they came to see him in Indy.

Carol, a continued collector, added "First Strike" followed by the new bronze sculpture, "Sacrifice is a Tradition." 

Colter Bay Artist in Residence, July 11-17, Grand Teton National Park, WY

Yellowstone National Park was our first stop. BPH told stories to park goers at the new center.  Afterwards, he was right on time to experience the faithfullness of Old Faithful.  Onto the Grand Tetons where he continued to educate in a more relaxed setting. 

Many had seen his pieces exhibited at the Craig Thomas Visitors Center in Moose WY and were excited to meet the artist and hear his story.

Heard Museum Indian Art Market, Phoenix AZ, March 4 & 5

As we set up the booth, sweet orange filled the air and hummingbirds were busy protecting their territory. Both market days brought beautiful weather and good sales.  BPH enjoyed visiting with ledger art enthusiasts. These new collectors (left) have been following his work for several years...they first met BPH at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. 
Thank you for investing.

Permanent Collection, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO

Title: "The Hunt; a Rites of Passage when we were warriors"

"The ledger piece is amazing!  Thank you for taking the time to create this piece for the Nelson-Atkins Education Collection.  I can see so many learning opportunities and connections for students." 

- Braden Conrad-Hiebner, Education Officer

This piece is designed on the United States Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Affairs, Register of Bill & Revenue Receipts, cir. late 1800's.  

The traditional rendering of the 1800's ledger art styled warriors in the background symbolically connects to ancestral traditions.
The middle ground of young men on the hunt illustrates a more contemporary version of Ledger Art.  Finally a young man on the hunt at the Carlisle Industrial School in Carlisle PA. 

Museum website

"Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay"
Traveling Exhibit

"The Journey to Remove Color From the People"
11.75" x 8", colored pencil and ink on United States Indian Industrial School, Carlisle PA, 189_, R.H. Pratt Capt., 10th Calvary Superintendent

click here for web article

BPH was invited to participate in this closed call for 72 artists- an ambitious curatorial project organized by Emily Arthur, Marwin Begaye and John Hitchcock.

This unique exhibit will trace relocation and imprisonment of 72 Plains Indians captured at Salt Fork OK and brought by wagon, train and boat to Fort Marion in St. Augustine FL. 

This 3 year war exile(1875-1878) at the fort served as a model for the military methods of assimilation and lead to the founding of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania 1 year later. 

Exhibition Schedule:
* January 16- February 28, 2015
Crisp-Ellert Museum, Flagler College, St. Augustine
* April 22- June 10
A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina, Pembrooke



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