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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

"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 and teaching, he offers us a multitude of gifts, and his optimism shines in his motto:
"We are on this earth for such a short time,
if you're going to shine, shine brightly". 
Rife with symbolism, Black Pinto Horse's visual expressions honor his spiritual roots, First Nation heritage and Modern and Contemporary art traditions through a bold use of color and design that activates the viewer's imagination.  He is motivated by a passionate desire to build connections between the past and present with a hopeful eye toward a brighter future built around empathy and understanding between diverse communities of which the nation is comprised."    - Bob Durden, Yellowstone Museum
click on the following to view: biography

Come & Visit; Presentations, Shows & Exhibits
  • Trainer, Artist Workshop, First Peoples Fund
Sky Dancer Casino
Belcourt ND
November 10 & 11
  • University Presentation
Kansas State, Student Union
Manhattan KS
November 14, 2014
  • "Cowboys and Indians" Live Auction
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn ND
November 20, 2014
details below
  • Heard Museum Indian Market

Heard Museum
Phoenix AZ

March 7-8, 2015

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April 2012
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"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

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

Cowboys & Indians Closing Reception & Live Auction
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn ND, November 20, 2014

"One More Prairie Flower"


Featured Artist, Havre Art Association Art Show, Havre MT, November 1-2

As the Jackrabbits fur turned white a drive to Havre MT was just right. BPH was their featured artist and participated in their Art Show for the first time.

He and his wife have worked in the Havre Public Schools numerous times as Artist in Residence. This provided an opportunity to connect with the public in a new way.

"Blue Soldiers War Bonnet, Spoils of War" was collected by a Vietnam War Veteran and Captain who admires the art of BPH and Arikara history.  The piece highlights a warrior winning honor over his enemy in battle.

Artist in Residence, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO, October

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is excited to be working with Monte in their Artist-in-Residence program.  Monte’s residency will be in conjunction with their upcoming exhibition The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky which celebrates the accomplishments of Plains Indian artists, not only as the makers of objects that sustain a tradition, but as the bearers of individual creative expression.
"We couldn't be happier that Monte is coming to Kansas City!  With his accomplishments as both an artist and educator, Monte is the

perfect fit for our program.  His passion for creating real and inspiring learning experiences is what really excites us about working Monte.  Not only does Monte teach others the history and traditions of his people, but he seeks to empower individuals to reflect on their own backgrounds and identify what really matters in their life." - Braden Conrad-Hiebner, Education Officer

Featured Artist, One Day Only, Frame Garden, Livingston MT, October 3
Catch him if you can...BPH is faster than the Gingerbread Man and busier too.  These collectors were very pleased to meet the artist-a man with no moss growing- before he rolls onto the next show.

SWAIA Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe NM, August - September

Black Pinto Horse was awarded the Residency Fellowship.  He has begun his two month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute where he has lodging and studio space.

Black Pinto Horse shares, “The Residency has brought me back to the location and time when I was young, stretching my wings in the world for the first time while attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.  As a sixteen year old leaving the reservation for the first time, it was an experience that forever changed my life.  No longer young and impressionable, but with a direction, new knowledge and a good foundation, I look forward to this opportunity to accomplish new goals."

On Fertile Ground, All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis MN, Aug. -Nov.

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Please join us to celebrate the wealth and diversity of Native artists in the upper Midwest! This exhibition will take place once annually over a period of three years. Each show will highlight 15 different artists, providing a comprehensive overview of 45 artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

On view: August 15 - November 15, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, August 15, 5 - 8pm

All My Relations Gallery
1414 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday, 11am - 3pm
Closed Monday
612.235.4970 •
Free and open to the public!

Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 22 & 23

Black Pinto Horse was invited to be a judge and shares, "Being invited to participate as a judge in the Southwest Association for Indian Arts 93rd Santa Fe Indian Market was a great honor for me.  I would be one of the first to view a collection of world class First Nation artists from across the US and Canada. They travel many miles to participate and educate the world to both traditional and contemporary Native Arts. It was amazing to see the influences that inspired them to create their final works, each piece deserving of careful viewing and consideration."

The green chilies were tasty, the weather fantastic, and the market most memorable.  Thank you to the collectors and fans for your continued support.

Cowboys & Indians Exhibit, ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND, May-August
The 3rd year of this exhibit and Black Pinto Horse's 3rd invitation.  The Museum has partnered with the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation in Washburn, ND where the exhibit will travel – October through November 15 – culminating in a silent and live auction at their Interpretive Center.

Black Pinto Horse sold 2 ledger works before the shoots opened.  Looks like a good start for this cowboy.

Make inquiries with the Cowboy Hall of Fame, 701.623.2000


White Buffalo Hunt  *SOLD*

A Little Road Fun   *SOLD* 

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