Painter. Writer. Film Director.
Jesse Littlebird (Laguna/Kewa Pueblos) is a native New Mexico artist, painter, writer and film director with a passion for telling stories that foster cultural experience, dialogue and community engagement to a diverse audience. Storytelling through the medium of painting and film is a vital part of life for Littlebird with his indigenous heritage deeply rooted in the oral tradition culture of his Pueblo Indian lineage and growing up in
a creative innovative household. Littlebird’s bold paintings emerged on the New Mexico art scene with his provocative art featured in solo and group shows during 2018-2019. Littlebird dove deeply into his painting with an ambitious visionary time during the tumultuous pandemic period. His dedicated work ethic and prolific painting style catapulted him onto a national level with exhibitions and collectors discovering his visual storytelling painted on large format surfaces. Littlebird says this about his painting, “My work is inspired by teachings, prophecies and stories that are common among Earthly rooted people. I delve into the inner workings of what makes up thoughts, choices and actions of humankind, past, present and future. Experiences that interest me are encounters with miracles and mass exchanges of energy that can be represented in a field of space and color. For example, what would a genocide look like with a vibrant composition of primary colors? How could the death of an eternal being be represented as sacred and placed on a pedestal, martyred and sainted by the artist.”
He is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.