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Frank Buffalo Hyde

Frank Buffalo Hyde has won acclaim juxtaposing commonplace objects with Native iconography, wryly commenting on the depiction of his heritage; it is often treated as no more than a brand, complete with logos. Tracing his roots to the Nez Perce and Onondaga people, Hyde deals with the “fragmented contemporary life” of a Native American U.S. citizen in his complex paintings. A typical composition includes a depiction of a Native figure or artifact alongside a mass-produced object, floating amid a field of dots or bright color. The results are hectically layered motifs, equal parts humor and anger.

 
Born in Santa Fe in 1974, Hyde grew up in central New York, and then returned to New Mexico to study at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has been exhibiting his work for over 15 years – since he was 18 – showing in many Santa Fe galleries as well as in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. In 2009 he was awarded a solo exhibition at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe. Hyde currently resides in Pittsburgh.