Ralph Roan Horse was born in Arizona in 1904.
A Navajo, Roan Horse was educated by the priests at St. Michaels Indian Mission. In his youth he was a mail-carrier on the reservation. At the Albuquerque Indian School he had his first opportunity to draw and paint. After studying at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1928-32, he returned to Arizona where he taught young Indian artists to combine their traditional art heritage with modern forms and techniques.
Exh: Artists Fiesta (LA), 1931.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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