Artist Bio: Tiffanie Irizarry is Ihanktonwan Dakota Sioux and Puerto Rican; she is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of Northeast Montana. Irizarry spent her childhood on the reservation and derives inspiration from depicting the ancestors in 2D and 3D form. Tiffanie’s illustrative work started in her teen years while in Montana, helping curate and present art auction benefits and fundraisers. After moving to New Mexico to attain formal art education at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Tiffanie now bases her practices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tiffanie uses figurative subjects and illustration to create accurate hyper-realistic portraits in graphite, charcoal, paint, and metal.

Artist Statement: “Mrs. Twin carries her daughter” 2020. My art piece is an oil painting, 12″x16″, of a Lakota woman, Mrs. Twin, carrying her daughter on her back. Mrs. Twin looks forward to the future while the viewer looks into the eye of the indigenous youth.