Maxine Noel

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Maxine Noel

Ioyan Mani
Born1946 (age 74–75)

Maxine Noel CM (born 1946) is a Canadian First Nations artist from the Santee and Oglala heritage. She was given the Sioux name Ioyan Mani ("walk beyond").[1]


She was born on the Birdtail Reserve in southwestern Manitoba. A self-taught artist, she first worked as a legal secretary in Edmonton and Toronto before becoming a full-time artist in 1979. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across Canada.[2] She works with serigraphy, lithography, etching, painting and cast paper.[1]

Noel is also involved with Native Earth Performing Arts, the Canadian Native Arts Foundation and the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts. She has lectured and served on panels at the Saskatchewan School of Fine Arts, the University of Western Ontario and the native program at the Ontario College of Art.[1]

Her work is included in the collections of the Canadian Museum of History, the University of Western Ontario, the Canadian Native Arts Foundation in Toronto and the Whetung Ojibwa Centre.[2]

In 2018, she was named to the Order of Canada.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Featured Artist for March, 2014: Maxine Noel". Alberta Native News. March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Heller, Jules; Heller, Nancy G (2013). North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary. p. 2290. ISBN 978-1135638894.
  3. ^ "Guelph's Linda Hasenfratz, Stratford's Maxine Noel appointed to Order of Canada". Global News. December 27, 2018.