Francis Blackbear Bosin was born June 5, 1921 in Cyril, Oklahoma near Anadarko. His parents were Frank Blackbear and Ada Tivis Bosin. His Kiowa name, Tsate Kongia, means "Blackbear" and belongs to his grandfather, a Kiowa chief. He attended St. Patrick's Mission School in Anadarko and was exposed to the paintings of the Kiowa Five.
In 1940, Bosin graduated from Cyril High School and moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1940. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II. In Kansas, he worked as a color separator and plate maker for Western Lithograph and as an artist for Boeing.
In 2010, Margaret Williams Norton wrote a book about Blackbear Bosin that focuses on his Keeper of the Plains sculpture that sits at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers in Wichita, Kansas.
Perhaps his most famous work is Wichita's iconic The Keeper of the Plains, a 44-foot steel sculpture erected in 1974 at the confluence of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas rivers. It depicts a Native American warrior offering a blessing to the sky.
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
- Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
- Denver Art Museum
- Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art, Indianapolis
- Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Heard Museum, Phoenix
- Indian Arts and Crafts Board, United States Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
- Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Wichita Art Association Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
- Wichita Art Museum, Kansas.
- Private Collection, Stevan Allen, Morgan Hill, California
- Private Collection, Anonymous, Wichita, Kansas
Bosin died on August 9, 1980. He was survived by his second wife, Nola Davidson Simmons, his four children, and one stepson.
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