Richard Vernon Greeves
(1938 - present)
A sculptor of various sizes, including monumental bronzes of Native American figures, Richard Greeves was born and grew up in an Italian neighborhood in St. Louis where he lived in his words, a “Huck Finn childhood.” At age 15, he met an Indian girl whom he visited on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. He returned home to finish school, but knew the Wind River Reservation had stolen his heart. He later moved there and purchased the local trading post which became his home and studio. With one third of an acre enclosed and 26-foot high ceilings, he has plenty of room to work. He says, “There is a magic, a mysticism for me here that I really can’t explain, I just feel it.” Greeves mission in sculpture is to tell a story. He has been an invited artist at the prestigious annual Prix de West Show and was a winner of the James Earle Fraser Award for Outstanding Artistic Merit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 2000. His monuments to Chief Washakie, Crazy Horse, and Birdwoman reside in the gardens at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. For the courtyard of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, he did a monument of Indian figures 1 and 1/2 times life-size. In 2006 he was honored with a one man exhibition Lewis and Clark Among the Indians at the Autry National Center.
Richard V. Greeves has lived among the Indians and wildlife of Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation for more than 40 years. Naturally, these subjects are the focus of his sculpture. A native of St. Louis, Greeves is a self-taught artist whose work can be found in museums and prominent collections both nationally and internationally.
Greeves is the recipient of the Prix de West Purchase Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and is a regular instructor at the Scottsdale Artists’ School. He has been honored with solo exhibitions at the Missoula Museum of Arts, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, the Washakie County Museum, and the Wyoming State Capitol. His monument The Unknown was commissioned by the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, where it is on permanent display. His studios are located in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Autry National Center acquired his sculpture The Sheepeaters of Yellowstone in 2000. In the same year, Greeves won the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for his larger-than-life statue of Chief Washakie. He also had two monuments unveiled at the Whitney Museum in the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming. In 2006, he had a one-man exhibition of 29 sculptures, titled Lewis and Clark Among the Indians: Sculptures by Richard V. Greeves, at the Autry National Center, where he was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008 he was featured in Southwest Art and Western Art Collector, and in 2009 the Autry National Center’s Trustees acquired Greeves’s Crazy Horse monument for its permanent collection.
He continues to add to his body of work depicting the Indians encountered on the Lewis and Clark Expedition as they made their historic journey.