James Havard was born in Galveston, Texas, in 1937. When he graduated
from Houston State College in 1959 he moved east to attend the Pennsylvania
Academy of the Fine Arts.


After moving to New York in the 1980s, Havard focused on large-scale, expressive paintings referencing Native American culture in his own way. He moved to Santa Fe in 1989 and found an abundant source of inspiration throughout the years. Havard's way of mixing expressionistic abstraction with indigenous symbols caught the attention of museums throughout the country.


Selected Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York City, NY


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