Nocona J. Burgess is from Lawton, Oklahoma and is the great-great grandson of Chief Quanah Parker (who is the subject of this painting). He comes from a family of artists. In 1991, Nocona graduated from the Institute of American Indian Art (IACA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico with an Associate in Fine Arts degree. He then attended the University of New Mexico with an emphasis in studio art and Native art history. He left the art world for several years to work in a casino rising to the management level. The art world called to him and in 1997 he returned to Oklahoma and enrolled in the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) to work on his B.F.A. After graduation, he returned to New Mexico to live in Santa Fe and, as they say, the rest is history!
Nocona’s paintings are highly sought after by collectors and museums. He has been featured in such magazines as Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, Cowboys and Indians, Santa Fe Magazine Indian Market Issue and New Mexico Magazine. He has won numerous awards at SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, The Heard Museum Guild Fair, Eiteljorg Indian Market, Red Earth Festival and American Indian Art Exposition. Nocona’s works have been featured in numerous galleries and art markets around the United States. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA) .When not painting, Nocona works as the Student Activities Coordinator at the Institute of American Indian Arts.