Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) is a provocative contemporary artist. Much of Deal’s work deals with challenging Western perceptions of Indigenous people, touching on issues of race, history, and stereotype. With his work—paintings, mural work, performance art, filmmaking, and spoken word—Deal critically examines issues and tells stories that affect Indian country such as decolonization and appropriation.
Most recently, a photograph of Deal was included in the December 2018 National Geographic Society Magazine article, “Native Americans are recasting views of indigenous life.” He was Native Arts Artist-in-Residence at the Denver Art Museum in 2015-2016 and 2017 and Artist-In-Residence at UC Berkeley for the 2017-2018 school year. His art has been exhibited nationally since 2002.
Deal has lectured widely at prominent educational institutions and museums, including the Denver Art Museum; Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; Columbia University, New York City, N.Y.; and Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. His television appearances have included PBS’s The Art District and The Daily Show.