George Longfish was born in 1942 at Oshweken on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, Canada, and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), receiving his B.F.A. in painting and sculpture in 1970 and his M.F.A. in filmmaking in 1972. After his study at SAIC he directed the graduate program in American Indian arts at the University of Montana for a year before moving in 1973 to the University of California at Davis, where he is now a professor of Native American studies and director of the C. N. Gorman Museum. As a professor at Davis he has been a mentor to a number of artists, including Rick Glazer-Danay and Duane Slick, while as director of the Gorman he has curated numerous shows of contemporary Native art, bringing recognition to a whole generation of artists.
Longfish considers himself more a painter and sometime sculptor than a filmmaker, and has participated in nearly 170 group and solo exhibitions since 1967. His work has also been featured on the cover of Wicazo Sa Review ( Don't Mess Around with a Boy Named Sioux and Lightly Salted — "in this instance, Land of Lakes butter is used in the creation of a mask"). 1
Longfish's work has steadily evolved in technique and imagery, and he points to his recognition a decade or so ago of Arshile Gorky's use