Del Iron Cloud, Native American Artist

Del Iron Cloud is an accomplished acrylic and watercolor artist who brings vibrant Native American scenes to life, drawing inspiration from historic books and the local environment. Del’s artistic journey began at a young age when he created his first mural on the backside of his grandmother’s door with crayons – a race car scene that, unfortunately, had to be scrubbed off.

Throughout school, Del’s passion for art flourished with the encouragement of peers and a teacher who introduced him to the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe. However, after two years, Del realized the contemporary focus of the school didn’t align with his love for realism, a style rooted in his admiration for artists like Michelangelo and Da Vinci. He then pursued his art education at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

While in Chicago, Del enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in Vietnam. His artistic talent didn’t go unnoticed, leading to opportunities within the Air Force to create murals throughout the building.

Today, Del creates from a studio space in Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries. Visitors can meet him during the summer, watch him create and browse his artwork displayed throughout the store.

You can watch Del Iron Cloud create his acrylic and watercolor masterpieces at his studio space in Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries in Rapid City, South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Visit Rapid City

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