Brent Greenwood is an award-winning contemporary artist of Chickasaw and Ponca heritage. The acrylic and mixed media artist uses Native American history as an inspiration for his paintings. Using layers of paint, washes, drips and splatters to create depth and emotion in his work, Greenwood incorporates early tribal history with contemporary design elements to breathe life into his art.
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. He draws much of his inspiration from his wife and two children — who are all artists. Greenwood notes that music and the energy of other Native American artists also have a strong influence on his creativity.
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 dances and at church. He continues to share this spirit by singing with his children and with youth in the Ponca Nations community.
Greenwood currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma, and paints in his in-home art studio. He is featured in the educational book Unconquered and Unconquerable, Indian Tribes of Oklahoma: A Guide.