Donald F. Montileaux


"I draw Warriors and their Horses strong,
aggressive, and full of life, unafraid, fearless.
Today, if this is my Last Day, let it be my BEST DAY."


Donald F. Montileaux (Oglala Lakota) is a master ledger artist, and following in the footsteps of his forefathers, he has rekindled ledger art with striking images that capture the unique Lakota way of life. 

Montileaux was born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He received formal art training at the Institute of Amerian Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He continued to refine his skills and participated in numerous area art shows and many prestigious art shows nationally, while pursuing a professional career at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City for 22 years. In 2000 he fulfilled his life long dream of being a full time artist.

In the summers of 1964 and 1965, Montileaux interned under noted artist Oscar Howe at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, along with the late Herman Red Elk who became a close personal friend and mentor.

These influences and his own drive have taken his art on a dramatic journey. With work spanning the globe, numerous awards and commissions to date, Montileaux's work is represented in many private and public collections. He has illustrated several book covers, the most recent he authored and illustrated in Tasunka A Lakota Horse Legend, a winner of four national awards: the Mom's Choice Award, Moonbeam Award, Aesop Award, and the coveted Western Writers of America 2015 Spur Award, In September 2014, he was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame. In October 2017, his second book Muskrat and Skunk Sinkpe na Maka A Lakota Drum Story was released.

We are so very pleased to offer Mr. Montileaux's work on our web site and will be adding his entire 2018 print collection soon!

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