Alfreda's Autobiography

Artist Profile


Alfreda is an enrolled member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (Kul Wicasa Oyate) in South Dakota. She grew up on the reservation surrounded by her Tiyóspaye (circle of relatives)  and Lakota culture.  

Although the core of her knowledge with day-to-day life stems from the teachings passed down to her from her parents, grandparents, and her Tiyóspaye, her greatest influence in art and life was from her late father Alfred Y. Ziegler. 

Alfreda worked along side of her father from an early age on numerous commissioned art projects and various aspects of foundry work. She learned first-hand oil painting and the “lost wax method” an ancient bronzing technique.

Alfreda currently works in painting (acrylics, watercolors, pastels, and oil), and sculpture (bronze and stone), but her all time favorite is oil painting and sculpting because it was what she learned first.  Although she uses a variety of materials and processes throughout her work, a familiar  genre  runs through each piece that is uniquely her own style 

Alfreda's educational pursuits reflect her dedication and evolution not only as an artist but as a Native American woman: Her achievements include a Bachelor Degree in Science from the University of New Mexico, and Master of Art from the University of South Dakota and a Doctor in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Alfreda believes that being an artist is a very sensitive and beautiful experience, because with every piece of art she creates she shares the purity of her heart and soul with others. 

Alfreda's gallery is located at 3606 G 4/10 Road in Palisade, CO.

©2020 by Alfreda Beartrack Algeo.