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Oscar Howe 1915-1983 Oscar Howe was a Yanktonai Sioux Indian born on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota in 1915 Howe attended the Prierre Indian School until he reached 18-years of age Then he went to the Santa Fe Indian School to finish his high-school career While in high-school Howe was already doing exceptional work following the studio style of art He had exhibits state wide from New York City to San Francisco and abroad in London and in Paris Oscar Howe spent a few years teaching art at the same school he had attended during his childhood before he enlisted into the United States Armed Forces During World War II he was stationed in Europe for four years In Europe is were Howe experienced a new style of art that later became a major influence in his work After Oscar Howe returned to the United States with his new bride he taught art while working towards his undergraduate degree at the Dakota Wesleyan University Howe earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1954 There Howe began to develop his personal style which included cubism mixed with Sioux influences In 1957 at age 43 Oscar Howe was appointed Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at the State University of South Dakota During the same year he also held his first one-man retrospective in Santa Fe New Mexico Oscar Howes style of painting in the later years was marked as New Indian Painting Howe was and is considered a pioneer of this new form as it began its rise in the 1950s Native American artists moved beyond the Traditional Indian Paintings and began to develop a style using modern characteristics such as Cubism and Abstract Expressionism
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