Robert Redbird Sr.
Robert Redbird Sr. was a Native American artist who painted in order to preserve and communicate the Kiowa culture. He is known primarily for his blanket-wrapped Southern Plains figures and depiction of Kiowa folklore. The artist used stories from his Indigenous culture, many learned from his grandfather, as the subjects of much of his art. Redbird worked in several media, including oil, acrylic, pen and ink, gouache and pencil, but is most well known for having accomplished his works with an airbrush. Oklahoma Governor, Brad Henry, declared June 7, 2003, as "Robert Redbird Day" to celebrate the artist's many creative and humanitarian achievements.