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Robert Freeman

Luiseno/Santee
(1939 - 2019)
Robert Freeman

Freeman was born on the Rincon Reservation of the Luiseno Indians in San Diego County, California.

His father was Luiseno and English. His mother was of English/French and Sioux descent. His mother was a direct descendant of Bone Necklace, sub-chief of the Santee.

Freeman's childhood summers were spent with his grandmother and cousins on the Crow Creek Reservation where he was an enrolled member.

He never attended art school, but his creative talent was vastly diversified. His work encompassed realism, abstractionism, cubism, impressionism, portraiture, cartoons and murals.

Freeman worked mainly with pencil or pen, acrylic, mixed media, oils and created wood and bronze sculptures that he casted himself.

Robert’s commemorations appear in the Who's Who in CA; Who's Who in SD; Who's Who in America; International Who's Who; Encyclopedia of the American Indian; Indian of North America; Contemporary Personages (Italy); Man of Achievement; and Print world Contemporary Prints and Prices.

His murals are on the walls of the Los Angeles County Library at San Gabriel, CA, and at the Perris Indian Museum, Perris, CA.

His artwork is included in a number of private and public collections including the Atka Lakota Museum.

Robert passed away peacefully on February 9, 2019 in La Jolla California surrounded by his family and loved ones.

 

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