M.F.A., 2009 Non-toxic printmaking, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
B.A., 1989, painting, University of Northern Colorado, Greenley, Colorado, USA
Lives in Corrales, New Mexico, USA
Neal Ambrose-Smith is an enrolled member of Salish, Metis and Cree, Descendent of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana. His work combines drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage to create a layered grouping of images that are intended to tease, inform, education, and puzzle viewers. In a continual search for greener pastures, he works as an artist and an educator to use non-toxic printmaking techniques, which he has been teaching for three years. He often mixes tribal imagery and humor with current events and political issues, “I find sometimes that the best ingredients are right in my studio, just waiting to be discovered during a cleaning raid.” Currently, he has been looking for new ways to make safer and more sustainable art, saying “I feel responsible by making statements about reclaiming and recycling in my imagery and not practicing those very things with the work itself.” He has been exhibited widely, both in the United States and abroad.