Oreland Joe is world-renowned for his work in stone and bronze sculpture, as well as painting.
"Horse Chief" is Oreland's newest painting, as of the summer of 2020.
Oreland Joe was born in Shiprock, New Mexico on June 3, 1958. He is a native of New Mexico and is of Dine' (Navajo) and Ute descent. Oreland Joe grew up in the four-corners area most of his life, both on the Navajo and Ute reservations. Currently, Kirtland, New Mexico is home to his family and studio.
Oreland Joe knew, by the age of four, he wanted to be an artist. As a young man, he experienced various influences that have formed the man who commands admiration and respect in today's contemporary art world.
In 1993, Oreland received the distinct honor of becoming the first Native American artist to be a member of the famed and prestigious organization "Cowboy Artist of America" CA. This honor continues to launch Oreland into new heights in his career. In 1996, he was chosen out of 50 artist and was commissioned by the Ponca City Native American Foundation to produce a twenty-two feet bronze sculpture of "Chief Standing Bear". It is Oreland's crowning achievement to date and his most public artistic statement.
Oreland's love for art has placed him in an elite class of stone and bronze sculptors known throughout the world. In spite of all his accomplishments and ever-growing popularity, Oreland remains humble, sensitive, and grateful. He still finds time to teach others at his studio or workshops. He continues to be "down to earth" where the foundation that sustains him are still derived from family, good friends, Creator and creation. Whether he knows or not, he serves as a great role model for all young people whether they will choose a life as an artist or not.
"I find strength, faith, and dignity through my heritage, yet I also find these same things in other cultures - and I derive inspiration and motivation from them as well. In my humble opinion, I'm just an artist who happens to be Native American. I find myself in a unique place of having the blessing of both worlds. And my goal and desire is to have more Native American artists to be in this place".
Dimensions: 18 x 24 inches (L x H)