Incorporating early tribal history with contemporary design elements to breathe life into his art

Brent Greenwood is an award-winning contemporary artist of Chickasaw and Ponca heritage. The acrylic and mixed media artist uses First American history and first-person narratives as inspiration for his paintings. Using layers of paint, washes, drips and splatters to create depth and emotion in his work, Greenwood incorporates those stories with contemporary design elements to breathe life into his art. Greenwood has also completed or facilitated outdoor and indoor murals in Ada, Sulphur, Tishomingo, White Eagle and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Greenwood graduated in 1994 with an AFA in 2-Dimensional Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University in 1997. Greenwood notes that the energy of eclectic and tribal music, along with lifelong friendships with other First American artists, has a strong influence on his creativity and motivation.

Greenwood's pride in his tribal heritage goes beyond his paintings. Singing is another important outlet of creative expression for the artist. Greenwood takes pride in performing Ponca songs at local powwows and at church. He continues to share this singing by mentoring his children and other youth in the urban community, as well as supporting his fellow tribal singers.

Greenwood currently divides his time between his home in Edmond, and Ada, Oklahoma, where he serves as the Fine Arts Director for the Arts and Humanities Division. He maintains a studio at the ARTesian Gallery & Studios in Sulphur, Oklahoma. He is also featured in the educational book Unconquered and Unconquerable, Indian Tribes of Oklahoma: A Guide.


  • Selected alongside his wife Kennetha as National Indian Parents of the Year in 2010 by the National Indian Education Association
  • One of the 11 Native American artists to participate in the 2011 "Art En Capital" at the Grand Palais in Paris
  • Has worked with Disney on updating their attractions
  • Was commissioned by Oklahoma City University, his alma mater, to create a painting that is currently on display at OCU's Kramer School of Nursing
  • Represented by Kiva Gallery in Santa Fe since 1998
  • Member of the Urban Indian 5 Artists of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Native Tourism Guide's 2010 cover artist
  • The 2011 Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival's featured artist
  • The 2013 President's award. Annual Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City, OK
  • The 2015 Best of Show. Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Denver, CO
  • The 2023 Oklahoma City University's Petree College of Arts and Sciences, distinguished alumni award
  • The 2024 Red Earth's Honored One