Riel Benn is an award-winning artist from the Birdtail Sioux First Nation located in Southwestern Manitoba. He started painting at the age of 16 but it didn`t take long for his career to take off. In 1998 at the age of eighteen he held his first solo exhibit at Brandon University`s Voice of the drum, a international conference on aboriginal education. Since then he has gone onto to show his work at many galleries and universities across the country.
He was the winner of the National YTV Achievement Award in 1999 and Manitoba`s Aboriginal Youth Achievement award for visual art in 2001. In 2005 he was the youngest artist to appear in the group show entitled “About Face” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Which included 47 Artists from across Canada and the United States. He has also been featured on number of television shows such as “The Seventh Generation”, “The Sharing Circle”, CTV, CBC, YTV, and “The Indigenous Circle” to name a few.
To date, Riel has created nearly 1000 pieces of artwork and has sold pieces to corporations, universities and private collectors around the world. His works hang a far away as Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.