Kevin Red Star was born in 1943 on the Crow Reservation in Lodgegrass Montana. The third oldest in a family of nine children Kevin grew up in a family that values music art and culture. His mother , Amy Bright Wings, praticed traditional Crow embroidery and beadwork. His Father, Wallace Red Star, was a musician, horseman, and a collector of Remington and Russell prints.
He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with James McGrath, where he was allowed to explore his history and culture and expermented with the "New Indian Art." Then he attented the San Francisco Art Institute on a scholarship, which "further exposed him to the avant-garde and the political and social concerns of post- modern art."
In 1966, he returned to Montana, living at Red Lodge near Billings. Since his return to Montana, Red Star's work has increasingly expressed his self-affirmed role as historian, recorder, and ambassador for his nastive Crow culture. Surrounded by his extended family, his horses and his ancestral homeland, Kevin Red Star has established a unique balance between his world and his art.