Buffalo Burger Study 2

The artist’s painting of a buffalo burger features the entire animal--from head to tail--sandwiched between both bun halves and the usual condiments. Friends had chided him for past depictions that resembled ordinary hamburgers.  "I made it very clear in this piece” that it represented buffalo meat, he said. “It speaks well to our culture--how we want instant gratification.”

Frank Buffalo Hyde, a Southwestern born artist who traces his heritage to the Nez Perce and Onondaga people, has been recognized for breaking through the boundaries that many place around what they think Native American art should look like. He is defining himself as a Native American without being a stereotype dealing with what he calls the "fragmented contemporary life" of a Native citizen of the United States. Hyde grew up in central New York and then returned to New Mexico to study at the Santa Fe Fine Arts Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He's been exhibiting his work for over 15 years showing in many Santa Fe galleries as well as in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Having established himself in the competitive Santa Fe art market, he felt comfortable moving away and keeping up his career there from a distance.

Frank Buffalo Hyde grew up on the Onondaga Reservation watching a bustling herd of bison in a field known as the tribal make-out spot.  When Hyde was a teenager, members spoke about the area with a wink and a knowing smirk.  But the beasts made a strong impression on the budding artist.