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Born and raised in the Crow Indian Nation of Lodge Grass, Montana, Kevin Red Star's family, heritage, and abundance of visual experience serve as his palette. He conjuries evocative images of his ancestral Apsaalooke - its culture, and its history. His work is as personal as it is universal.
Red Star's formal art education began at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) when he was selected to be among the first 150 students for this experimental Native American art school in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here he was exposed to various mediums and expressions of art, learning the fundamentals of art from the finest Native American teachers. In 1974, Red Star was asked to return to IAIA to participate in their Artist-in-Residence program. While in Santa Fe, he expanded his art to include stone lithography, serigraphs and etchings.
Red Star later attended the San Francisco Art Institute. As a Freshman he was awarded the Govenor's Trophy, and the Al and Helen Baker Award from the Scottsdale National Indian Arts Exhibition. Red Star continued his studies at Montana State University-Bozeman, and Eastern Montana College-Billings.