World-renowned artist whose works honor the culture and history of the Chickasaw Nation

Mike Larsen is a world-renowned Chickasaw painter and sculptor who has created Native American art for over 40 years. Many of his works honor the culture and history of the Chickasaw Nation.

The Oklahoma artist was born in 1944. Mike studied traditional art discipline at Amarillo Junior College, the University of Houston and the prestigious Art Students League of New York. Larsen went on to create artwork for street fairs and then rapidly progressed to painting for nationally acclaimed art festivals. He has been represented by galleries throughout the country and creates sculptures and paintings commissioned by various corporations, governments and individuals.

One of Larsen’s proudest achievements was a series of Chickasaw elders paintings. The paintings were published in a book series by the Chickasaw Press.

Larsen is best known for his work, "Flight of Spirit," which is on permanent display in the Oklahoma State Capitol building. This painting features five Native American ballerinas and pays tribute to the arts in Oklahoma. Larsen’s work can also be seen in The Native Americans: An Illustrated History.

The artist has received numerous accolades for his work. His pastels, oils and watercolors are on display in museums and private collections throughout the country.

Accomplishments

  • Commissioned to paint a permanent mural for the Oklahoma State Capitol (1991)
  • Best of Show award from the American Indian and Cowboy Artists Association (1994)
  • Master Artist by the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma (1996)
  • Spirit of Oklahoma Award at the 1997 Masters Show at the Five Civilized Tribes Museum
  • Named the 2006 Oklahoman of the Year by Oklahoma Today magazine
  • Named the 2006 Red Earth Honored One
  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2000