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Donald Ruleaux

Oglala Lakota
(b. 1931-2020)
Donald Ruleaux

Donald D. Ruleaux was born in Martin, South Dakota in 1931 to an English mother and French/Indian father. Ruleaux spent his early childhood on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is reflected in his portrayal of the Lakota people.

Ruleaux graduated from high school in Gordon, Nebraska in 1950. He acquired a B.A. in Art Education and a M.A. in Education after attending the Kansas City Art Institute, Chadron State College, George Washington University and Arizona State University.

Ruleaux worked as a cartographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, a package designer for Bemis Brothers Bag Company and an artist/draftsman for the movie Lakota Woman, which was filmed in the Black Hills area.

As an artist, Ruleaux worked in many different mediums and styles, but was best known for his rare silverpoint drawings and beautiful watercolors. During his 40-year career as an artist and educator, Ruleaux won many awards, grants and prizes and exhibited widely throughout the country.

Ruleaux passed away on November 25, 2020 in Chadron, Nebraska.


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