Born in 1974 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
1996, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
1993-95, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Frank Buffalo Hyde, a Southwestern born artist who traces his heritage to the Nez Perce and Onondaga people, has been recognized for breaking through the boundaries that many place around what they think Native American art should look like. He is defining himself as a Native American without being a stereotype dealing with what he calls the "fragmented contemporary life" of a Native citizen of the United States. Hyde grew up in central New York, and then returned to New Mexico to study at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He's been exhibiting his work for over 15 years showing in many Santa Fe galleries as well as in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Having established himself in the competitive Santa Fe art market, he felt comfortable moving away and keeping up his career there from a distance.
“I don't need permission to make what I make. Never have...no artist should.” Frank Buffalo Hyde grew up on the Onondaga Reservation watching a bustling herd of bison in a field known as the tribal make-out spot. When he was a teenager, members spoke about the area with a wink and a knowing smirk, but the beasts made a strong impression on the budding artist. “I remember how huge and powerful and fast and agile they are,” the artist said. Inspired by the animal as an icon, deity, logo, messenger and witness, Hyde explores this powerful symbol in a series of paintings and mixed-media sculptures. From near extinction at the turn of the last century to a popular (and healthy) beef alternative in this millennium carouseling to Buffalo Bill and buffalo wings, Hyde moved from his customary 30-inch base to large acrylic portraits, imbued with his own sly humor. In 2012, Mr. Hyde was an artist in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Native American Art.