Personal statement: My work has explored both the beauty and tragedies surrounding my people's history and existence. This has led me to seek a balanced approach within my subject matter and esthetic choices to express each side of the spectrum when necessary. Ultimately, I enjoy the middle ground as it gives me a basis to create a wide range of art forms, while absorbing various topics that help me understand our current state as indigenous people.
Michael Elizondo Jr. was born January 10, 1985, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Michael Elizondo Sr. and Lou Ann Chouteau. Michael is an enrolled member of the Southern Cheyenne Tribe and is of Kaw and Chumash decent.
As a child Michael took an interest in drawing and painting, and was greatly influenced by his father. Self-guided practice has helped his artistic development, and he credits family, culture, art history, and contemporary artists as inspiration. Michael has embraced a wide range of styles in order to maintain an engaging artistic process and to further his learning experience.
Michael is a contemporary artist who uses a three step process to construct his pieces. Step one begins with construction of the panel which will serve as a base for the Masonite or Bristol board on which he paints. After the preparation is finished, he begins the painting process. For more realistic pieces, Michael prefers oil based paints while opting for acrylic paints for more design based images. When Michael is finished painting, he uses pine to build a frame for the piece and paints the frame in a way that harmonizes with the painting. Each of the steps is labor intensive in a variety of ways but gives Michael the end result he desires.
Michael Elizondo Jr. received his BFA from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2008 and his MFA at the University of Oklahoma in 2011. While at the University of Oklahoma, he won two first place awards in the Native American Women and Others for Multicultural Preservation juried art show at the Jacobson House Native Art Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Michael was also given the T.G. Mays Purchase Award at the 97th Annual Oklahoma University School of Art & Art History Student Exhibition.
Following his graduation in May of 2011, Michael entered his first out of state juried competition at the Red Cloud Indian School Heritage Center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, where he won the Outstanding Young Artist Award. He was recently an artist-in-residence at the Jacobson House Native Art Center, and he served as an art instructor at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, for the 2012-13 academic year.
Following his passion for the arts, he is currently devoting himself to his artistic pursuits full-time and currently resides in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After the exhibition closes, Michael can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain information on purchasing art pieces.
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Resilient by Nature
Oil on board. 24" x 40"
© 2012 Michael Elizonda Jr.
Exhibition June 15 - August 17, 2013
That Old Tune of Garry Owen
Oil and wax on board. 48" x 64"
© 2011 Michael Elizonda Jr.
For the Duration
Oil and wax on board. 55" x 108"
© 2011 Michael Elizonda Jr.
The Ominous Presence
Oil and wax on board. 29.5" x 61" x 3"
© 2013 Michael Elizonda Jr.