Earl Biss (1947 – 1998)
As a member of the Crow Nation, Earl Biss was one of the most recognized Native American artists. He found his artistic calling early in life, after a bout of rheumatic fever at age eight found him painting and drawing to pass the time. At age sixteen Biss began his formal artistic training at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, where he went on to receive a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. Abstract Expressionism characterized much of Biss’ work; his emotional turmoil was frequently expressed through melting landscapes and the invisible energies contained within nature.