Artist Talk: Frank Buffalo Hyde
The Department of Art & Art History proudly presents a sponsored Christopher U. Light Lectureship
Frank Buffalo Hyde is an Onondaga artist that grew up in New York on his mother's Onondaga reservation. He began exhibiting his artwork at 18 years old as a hobby. He began taking his artwork career more seriously when he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts. His artwork has been described as “Bold, Culturally Relevant and Inspiring!” featuring vibrant colors and animal subjects, most commonly buffaloes and his tribe. His way of creating his artwork is to combine numerous aspects of modern culture with the internet and technology and combine it with Native American ideas. Hyde has stated that the intention of his artwork is to highlight the social and political problems today’s society. In addition, issues in today's society and in the lives of Native Americans is what drives him to continue with his career. His goal for his artwork is to change the way people perceive Native American artwork and abolish any stereotypes that follow Native American artwork. He hopes to teach aspiring Native American artists to make the artwork that they want to make and not worry about their artwork being "Indian enough" or "Native enough".