Born in Tuba City, Arizona
Currently a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts
Monty J. Little is a Diné artist from Tuba City, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt) clan, born for Tl’iziłani (Manygoats) clan. Monty is a poet, printmaker and painter. He is studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, Audra. Monty was Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps in November 2008, after serving four years with Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines in Camp Pendleton, California. While in the Marine Corps, Monty deployed to Okinawa in 2005, and to Ar Ramadi, Iraq, in 2007. Mr. Little is a recipient of the 2011 and 2012 Truman Capote Scholarship at IAIA for creative writing and a winner of the Native Writer Award Scholarship to the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference in 2012. His paintings and prints derive from punk rock culture, juxtaposition of harsh realities in indigenous contemporary issues, the beauty of openness, and the content of delicateness. Mr. Little is currently exploring abstraction, and cropping of images to explain the complexity of unconscious thought through strict awareness of placement in images, shapes, and color.