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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
  • NMAI Native American Market
The Smithsonian, National Museum of the Native American, New York City
December 2,3 & 4
  • Indian Art Market
Heard Museum, Phoenix AZ
March 4 & 5 2017

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

The Gene Autry Museum Indian Marketplace, Los Angeles CA, November 12 & 13
Smog allergies weren't going to stop us from sharing our love of art and culture with guests.  Returning and new collectors spent time visiting and listening to stories.  A surprise visit from a childhood friend was the icing on the cake, whose mother used to bake sweeties for BPH.  Thank you for your support now and then.

Festival of the Arts, Sedona AZ, October 8-9 2016

The beautiful red rocks of Sedona were the perfect backdrop for the art show. 

A few knew what ledger art was but many never heard of the historical art form- much education made for a full day of fun under the bright sun.

New Works at Sage Creek Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe NM

New Works Include
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Make inquiries with Sandy or Gary at 505-988-3444, 
421 Canyon Road, map

Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM, August 20 & 21, 2016

Sunshine entered our booth- a powerful piece, Four Moons Warrior, for a beautiful person

Blue Bird Love Song could have sold 10 times over. The most popular piece of the market continues to sing, receiving two additional commissions

When Face Book friends meet...

All beings have the breath of life, including these buffalo- sometimes, as humans, we forget the importance of each animal's life.

BPH with Colorado Senator, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who will be providing an essay for the book & upcoming ledger art exhibit of 30 First Nation artists, curated by BPH and funded by the Lewis and Clark Foundation.

Recently graduated, her passion for this style of art is contagious. Congrats on all the NEW's in your life!

It's a family affair...

Artist in Residence, Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park, July 12- 18

Another great year to educate & share First Nation art & culture with visitors from all over the globe.

Art Fair Jackson Hole, Jackson WY, July 8-10
California, Montana and Wyoming were  a few of the states to collect. Right to left: The couple to purchase "Strikes From Above" shared, "We know ledger art and this is the best we've seen."  The couple that bought the lodge will be sharing its beautiful story with their grandchildren and the attorney that purchased the bank check shared that she only buys authentic art from Indigenous people; the true source.

Award Winning "Watch the Birdie" Flew Home to the City of Brotherly Love

Continued collectors add "Watch the Birdie" to their collection

1st Place: Gene Autry Museum, Drawing, Los Angeles CA, 2012

3rd Place: Eiteljorg Museum, Drawing, Indianapolis IN, 2013

Featured Image: Red Nation Film Festival

“I was impressed w/ the attention to detail, the shading of the eagle feathers as well as the designs of the beaded ornamentation to the outfits led me to vote for this drawing.  There was also a sense of humor as illustrated by the "Birdie" and the faithful "Dog"…It was well executed and deserved a 1st place ribbon."  - Judge, Emil Her Many Horses

"Monte- Imagine when I first reached out to you to make a poster for 9th Red Nation Film Festival and you went on to win this Award - so proud. We asked you to create an image for RNFF due to your vision and integrity of your work. Your work speaks for itself!  It was an honor to have your vision and work associated with RNFF."   - Actress and Founder of Red Nation Film Festival Joanelle Romero

AWARD at Eiteljorg Museum's Indian Art Market, Indianapolis IN, June 25-26
AWARD WINNING: 2nd Place, Drawing

The Eiteljorg Museum tried something new this year.  They featured artists indoors and out.  A sweltering two days of 90 degree tempts doubled by humidity, BPH was as cool as cucumber as he visited with guests and made new collectors in the climate controlled ball room.  Thank you to the Eiteljorg staff and volunteers for making this show so pleasurable.

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

“Every project is special to me because I make it personal, putting my heart into it.  It was a great opportunity for me to honor a very great man that left a legacy for his people, an example for the world.”   -BPH

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

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.


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

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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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