Kevin Red Star

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Kevin Red Star (born 1943) is a Native American artist. He was born and lives in Lodge Grass, Montana and is a member of the Crow tribe.[1]



Historically acknowledged as a pivotal figure in the birth of the Contemporary Native Art idiom, Red Star’s body of paintings and prints has ingrained the movement into the international mainstream.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Montana, Red Star’s heritage and abundance of visual experiences serve as his thematic palette. Working primarily in acrylic, ink, and collage, he is known for conjuring evocative images of his ancestral Crow tribe: its culture and history – past to present.


Red Star’s works are the focal point of several important museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institution: National Museum of the American Indian; C.M. Russell Museum; Heard Museum; Denver Art Museum; Eiteljorg Museum; Southwest Museum; Whitney Museum of Western Art; Institute of American Indian Arts Museum; United States Department of State; and scores of others. Pursuing a successful career spanning three decades, over 100 large-scale exhibitions have featured the celebrated artist’s works on canvas and paper – some 40 of which have been “one man” shows.

In fall, 2007, Kevin Red Star appointed Ken Lingad to present his new works on canvas, while also establishing his winter painting studio at Legends Santa Fe.


  1. ^ "Kevin Red Star". Autry National Center. Retrieved July 25, 2011. 

Article by Daniel Gibson Native Peoples Magazine November /December 2014

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