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2014: 50 Works for 50 Years

Andrew Standing Soldier

untitled (woman on horseback with travois)

Andrew Standing Soldier was born in 1917 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota and died in 1967 in Omaha, Nebraska. He studied mural painting at the Oglala Community College in Pine Ridge and during 1939-41 was a mural painter in the Dakotas, Idaho and Nebraska under the Works Progress Administration.

He returned to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the 1940s to work almost exclusively in watercolor. He completed much of this work as commissions, including several primers for American Indian children sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. His paintings primarily depict contemporary life on the Reservation, portraits of notable Native Americans and of ranchers’ prize livestock.

In 1961, Standing Soldier and his family moved to the Reservation border town of Gordon, Nebraska. There he found a patron in Douglas Borman, a local auto dealer. Borman supplied a place for Standing Soldier to paint in the auto showroom and proceeded to collect a significant body of the artist’s work.

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