• Artist Statement

    As a figurative artist my work is an intersection of autobiography and community. I depict my Native culture and the relationship between perception and experience through genre scenes and portraits of people from my home reservation in New York.

    Representation of Native peoples from a Native perspective is important to me. Sometimes that representation includes specific, identifiable symbols and sometimes it does not - because the figures within my paintings define their culture on their own terms. The work asks the viewer to search further for the paintings meaning to wonder “why this image”, “why this person or these people” - not to prove authenticity but to disprove what others think is “authentic.”

    I incorporate community and family members into my paintings, which gives the work a strong personal and emotional component. Even though I don’t depict myself within the scenes I’m present because I made the work, I’m part of the work because it’s from my experiences. The paintings are from my gaze and the surface becomes a window into the everyday life, domestic setting, and familiar surroundings of the participating figures. The works are visual narratives of the people’s histories capturing what it means to be Indian today.


    Luanne Redeye uses painting as a way to see others. Working primarily in oil she depicts the relationship between perception and experience of native identity through genre scenes, designs, and portraits.

    Born in Jamestown, New York, Luanne grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. It is from here where she draws inspiration incorporating community and family members into her paintings, which gives her works a strong personal and emotional component.

    Luanne currently lives in Albuquerque, NM. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at the University of New Mexico receiving her MFA in 2011. She has exhibited throughout the US and has been the recipient of various awards including most recently the Barbara and Eric Dobkin Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM.