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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".

Black Pinto Horse's Biography

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Upcoming Presentations, Shows & Exhibits
  • Bronze Unveiling
Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton ND
June 8, 2016
  • Eiteljorg Indian Art Market
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis IN
Booth, Inside
June 25- 26, 2016
  • Art Fair Jackson Hole
Miller Park, Jackson WY
July 8 -10, 2016

Newest Works, click on image

Recent Articles
      Western Art Collector
        May 2015

"Art of the Horse", pg. 90-91
Native Peoples July-August 2014 - July-August 2014
August 2014

January 2014
January 2014

April 2012April 2012

Unveiling Ceremony, Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton ND, June 8th

Hans with wife Mercy

Commissioned Bronze sculpture of Hans Walker Sr. to be unveiled

On behalf of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation and the Board of Directors of the Hidatsa Heritage Center; you are cordially invited to attend the Naming and Dedication Ceremony in honor of our Benefactors, THE HANS WALKER SR. FAMILY on Wednesday, June 8th @ 2 PM CST, 420 N Ave. Stanton ND. BPH will unveil his sculpture and present the descriptive inspiration for this very special piece.  Refreshments and a traditional meal will follow the ceremony.

An honoring of love by a direct descendant, Han's grandson

A fire finish by Rocky Mountain Bronze

At the Foundry: BPH with Claryca Mandan, Executive Director of
Hidatsa Heritage Center

Holter Museum Benefit Auction, Helena MT, 2016

Carol Anderson had the winning and HIGHEST bid of the evening.  She commented, "We've been wanting to collect a Monte Yellow Bird for years."  This year she will surprise her husband with "Iron Colt, Running With The Herd" for his birthday. 

BPH chose to donate a very detailed, large piece and was very pleased that it was the highest selling of the Live auction.  He shares, "I am honored to use my gifts to assist in the Museum's efforts to raise money to carry out future goals.  It's important to nurture those partnerships."

Left: Carol Anderson standing with Emily Yellow Bird of Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts

Spring Museum Benefit Auctions, 2016
"The Echoes of Sweet Love Notes"

Paris Gibson Square Museum
When: April 9, 2016
Where: Great Falls MT

Plains Art Museum
When: May 7, 2016
Where: Fargo ND


Montana Winter Museum Benefit Auctions, 2016

Missoula Art Museum

When: February 6, 2016
Where: University of Montana Ballroom
Why: raise money for their mission

"Brother, I'm Right Behind You" was chosen for their live auction.  Make inquiries with MAM @ 406.728.0447


Yellowstone Art Museum

When: March 5, 2016
Where: Yellowstone Museum
Why: raise money for their mission

"Buffalo Hunter III" was chosen for their live auction.
Make inquiries with YAM @ 406.256.6804


Field Guide to the Greater Yellowstone, Featured Artist

The book celebrates the environment of the Yellowstone Park through expressions of art.

A natural history guide to the Yellowstone region told through the images and words of 50 of the region’s most well-known and distinguished storytellers.

BPH was invited to tell his story about the elk which he has done beautifully with his piece,
"Bugling the Song of Elk Medicine."

Click on the image for his interpretation.


SWAIA Indian Market, Santa Fe NM, August 21-22
"Making Bear Medicine" with its new owner
from NYC


New works in gallery on Canyon Rd.
BPH with owners Gary and Sande

Santa Fe Indian Market was exciting!  THANK YOU to our collectors who continue to invest &
to first time collectors. We appreciate your support.
Until next year...

Featured Cover, IMAGO MUNDI Exhibit, Venice Italy, Fall
September 1- November 1, 2015
on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

Curator: Jennifer Karch Verzè
A Collection of 210 Indigenous Artists across the North American Continent.

In the current climate of arrested utopias, attacks on cultural heritage, assaults on imagination and knowledge, Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton’s global art project, comes to Venice to propose art without borders that breaks the silence, goes beyond differences and pushes civilization forward.



Exhibition Catalogue
“In Heaven and On Earth, Star Boy Rides"
4" x 4.75"
original ledger, cir. 1872
w/ colored pencil
mounted to canvas

"It is an honor to be included in an amazing World Wide Collaborative Project full of incredible works by Incredible People.  Thank you to all who entrusted me with your awesome works to safely ship to Italy.”
- Curator, Jennifer Karch Verze

Jackson WY and Grand Teton National Park, Residencies & Shows

"I want to say again it was a pleasure meeting you at the Craig Thomas Discovery Center.  Your words to our children were wonderful, valuable and hit home.  Insightful to me, I learned from your words, but more important, they had meaning & wisdom for our children."  -Visitor

Above: New collector, July Jackson Art Festival
Right: "As a retired high school teacher and now grandmother your lecture inspired me. I am the storyteller of my family. I am the only one who knew well both sets of grandparents and cherished my time with them. Now I am... passing on the stories and the life lessons. I want you to know that you will be in my daily rosary for strength to continue your most important calling."  -Tour, Jackson Lake Lodge

Icons of the West, Dana Gallery, Missoula MT, Summer 2015

And We Rode Into Enemy Camp and Re-Captured Our Ponies

Making Bear Medicine
"We are starting to hang the show and just put your pieces up in the gallery- they look great! Your work was an instant "yes" in the jury, and has quickly become among the favorites with the staff here."
-Brea, Icons of the West Team, Dana Gallery, website
Featuring over 160 of the best western artists, Icons of the West is a diverse and engaging portrayal of western icons and the role they play in contemporary American culture.

"Montana Triennial" Exhibit, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT, Summer
"Congratulations!  You were selected as one of 38 artists to be featured in the Montana Triennial: 2015 at the Missoula Art MuseumThis year’s juror, Peter Held, reviewed 199 artist’s submissions." - John C
"Before the Dog Days "
*Award Winning:1st Place,
Drawing, Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art and American Indians, Indianapolis IN, 2013

"Watch the Birdie"
*Award Winning: 3rd Place, Drawing, Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art and American Indians, Indianapolis IN, 2013
*Award Winning: 1st Place, Drawing, Gene Autry Museum,
Los Angeles CA, 2012
"I Will Lead the Charge for Future Generations "
* Award Winning: 2nd Place,
Painting and Drawing, Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ, March 2015
"One More Prairie Flower"
BPH delivering his four accepted works to John Calsbeek, Assistant Curator at the MAM

Spring Gala Auction, Plains Art Museum, Fargo ND, May 2, 2015

April 24, Live Auction, Plains Art Museum: Monarchs of Dakota Territory, Colored Pencil on original Letter head of the Executive Office of the 9th Governor of Dakota Territory, signed by Governor Lewis K. Church, Bismarck ND, cir. 1887

In addition to Black Pinto Horse having works in the Museum's Annual Spring Gala, he has been invited to share his passion of art and education during their Native Voices program.

We invite you to attend BPH's inspirational presentation on
April 16th from 6:30 to 7:30

Plains Art Museum Invitation

Monarchs of the Dakota Territory, A tribute to the First Nation People & the Buffalo Nation

2nd Place, Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ, March 2015

2nd Place, Drawing and Painting Division

CONGRATULATIONS Black Pinto Horse on your 2nd place victory over hundreds of talented First Nation artists.

Permanent Collection, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City MO

"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. 

"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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