Frank Big Bear is a contemporary Native American painter. Frank Big Bear was born in White Earth, Minnesota in the year 1953. The artist spent his childhood on the White Earth Indian Reservation before moving to Minneapolis at the age of sixteen.
Big Bear often works with the face and figure talking about current social issues.
The artist attended college for one year the University of Minnesota. Although he was at the college for only one year he met his biggest mentor in painter George Morrison. Both Morrison and Big Bear represent the Ojibwe tribe.
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Big Bear often creates his work using Prismacolor pencils or acrylic paints.
In 2003 the artist worked with his son to create a 26 foot long mural at the Plains Art Museum located in Fargo, North Dakota.
Below a brief documentary on the artist:
What I enjoy most about this artist is his combination of styles of surrealism and the more traditional Native American painting that tells a story.