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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

June -July 2014, Come & Visit at Shows & Exhibits
  • Crazy Horse Memorial, Guest Artist
Crazy Horse Museum
Crazy Horse SD
June 1 - 18
  • Eiteljorg Indian Art Market

Eiteljorg Museum
Indianapolis IN

June 21 - 22
  • Pekin Days Art Show
Nelson County Arts Council
Pekin ND
June 27 - 29
  • Calgary Stampede's "Stir Up"
Buyers Night
Calgary Alberta
July 2
  • Grand Teton Guest Artist
Colter Bay Visitor Center
Grand Teton National Park
July 15 - 21

Recent Magazine Publications
     April 2012
April 2012

Spring 2012, pg. 38
Native Peoples September-October 2011 - September-October 2011
September/ October
pg. 35

May/June 2011

Recent Newspaper Publications
Independent Record,
Helena MT

February 7, 2013

January 17, 2013

Missoulian, Missoula MT

Gazette, Billings MT

Enterprise, Livingston MT

The Star, Hot Springs SD

Minot Daily News, Minot ND

Beartooth NBC News

McClean County Independent

Calgary Stampede, Western Art Showcase, Calgary Alberta, July 4 - 15

"Stir Up" Reception
Buyers Night
July 2, 2014

Black Pinto Horse will be personally greeting his guests and selling his art to this INVITE ONLY crowd.

We have 14 tickets- if you want to attend, be the 1st to inquire and receive your gold ticket.  Good luck Charlie, you just may get your chocolate factory.  If you're interested email us @ with a title line, "Gold Ticket"

Benefit Auction, Holter Museum of Art, Helena MT, June 20th

Let the Courtship Begin

When: Friday June 20th, 5:30 PM to 9 PM Where: Gateway Center, 1710 National Ave.
Why: Raise funds to support the Holter and the important educational work they do.

This year the Holter Museum of Art will be honoring Gretchen Hibbard with the first annual Holter Museum of Art Nexus Award, "Honoring the Arts in Montana".

To place your bid on BPH's charming "Let the Courtship Begin", colored pencil on Beethoven's Sonata, cir. 1882, call the museum at 406.442.6400, website

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University of Nebraska
Center for Great Plains Studies

June 1-31

This exhibition will include individuals whose work expresses the texture of Native American life in the Great Plains and strives for exploration of contemporary visual art & fine craft.

Exhibited works will be selected by judge, Juane Quick-to-See Smith who is internationally known as an artist, curator, lecturer, printmaker and professor. Her work is in collections at the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum and Smithsonian just to name a few.

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* 

"Healing the Memory of War" Commission
Native American Veterans Recovery, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake

Black Pinto Horse dedicates this piece to the Native American Veterans of Salt Lake City UT and shares:

"Don't let controversy or the instability of others stop you from doing the Creator's work or let discouraging, lost souls separate you from giving back to those in need.

I would like to honor my father Willard Yellow Bird Sr.("Wolf Trail"- US Navy), Uncle Matt Holding Eagle Sr.("Jumps Over the Enemy"- US Army) and many other family that served our people proudly. I would encourage everyone to remember your loved ones who served- they will find peace in your prayers."

"I love it and I know our Native Veterans will love it as well. I’m so excited to begin using this.  It has been such a blessing to both our agency and our community that Monte was able to provide us with such a beautiful piece of work." 
- Lorena Horse, BHOC Manager

MONTANA Museums' Winter Benefit Auctions
Yellowstone Museum, Billings
Auction Date: March 1, 2014
For more information
Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls
Auction Date: February 1, 2014
For more information

"Spearheading the Campaign"

"Eagle Boys Love Song"

Conflict, Courtship, Ceremony and the Chase; Renowned ledger artists from across the nation, Paris Gibson Square Museum, January 8- April 3, 2014

2 Time Award Winning, "Watch the Birdie", Black Pinto Horse
Bringing together and highlighting an unprecedented and elite group of award-winning, contemporary ledger artists, the objective of the exhibition, co-curated by Black Pinto Horse- Monte Yellow Bird, is to educate museum visitors on the evolution of this style of artwork by indigenous tribes and this important era of self expression. 

On one side of the buffalo nickel, Native American ledger art reflects an Indigenous Warrior Renaissance, and on the flip side, a dark era for the First Peoples,

read full article & view artist list.

Featured Articles in the following Magazines: Western Art Collector and Native Peoples

Great Falls Tribune article

Autry Museum Art Market, Los Angeles, November 9-10

Straight out of the movies

She rode in on her horse and tucked her purchase safely
in her saddle bag

Cherokee Indian Art Market, Tulsa OK, October 12-13
Black Pinto Horse was one of the judges during this year's Market.  Following the Awards Ceremony, it was time to set up the booth, educate visitors and gain new collectors.

Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 17-18

Award Winning:

Ledger Art Division
"Tiptoe Through the Tetons With the Girls"

A piece that was inspired with the artist's recent Residency at
Grand Teton National Park.
Fantastic crowds, new collectors, & beautiful weather- couldn't ask for a better 2013 market!

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