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Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo

Lower Brule Sioux
(b. 1954)
Alfreda Beartrack

Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo was born in central South Dakota. She is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and spent her childhood on a cattle ranch on the reservation.

Afreda’s involvement in fine art began at an early age, with direct influence from her father, Alfred Ziegler, who is a noteworthy artist that has inspired her work in sculpture, painting and drawing throughout her life. Alfreda designed her first art logo at the age of 14 for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. They are still using the logo today.

“I really can’t remember not being fascinated by art,” says Alfreda. Drawing from a multi-faceted background in theater, film making, video graphics, dancing and a creative imagination, she believes that art is the reason and basis to see, to look and to appreciate the world of vision.

Alfreda earned a graduate degree in communication arts at Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. She also worked as a professional artist with paintings on canvas, leather, paper and wood. Her technique makes use of acrylics, watercolors, oils, pastels, enamel and natural pigments.

As a student, she learned about color, pigment, design and composition. As a working artist, she discovered that no amount of instruction can teach as well as hours of first hand experience.

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha artwork by Alfreda Beartrack

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, 1997 by Lower Brule Sioux artist, Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo

Alfreda’s ambition is to immortalize a way of life she genuinely loves. Her unique works, as well as her prints and cards, awaken feelings of nostalgia for the Dakota prairies. They capture the vitality and mystery of both people and animals, which causes them to live again within the spirit of their own time.

Her works have received numerous awards and are exhibited in many private and corporate collections across the United States.

Much like the nature of life, a painting can’t be forced, but must emerge and evolve naturally. I try to capture the elusive moments of beauty I see in nature. When someone responds to my art and sees some of the joys of life in them, then the circle is complete for me.” - Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo

Beartrack-Algeo's artwork is available through the Akta Lakota Museum online gallery.


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