About Marlena Myles

Interviews, News Articles & Resume

Keeping one eye on the past, and one eye on the future, I take the symbolism and the respect of nature that my ancestors led their lives by and add touches of of modern elements.


The importance of storytelling as a way of remembering the past and forming an understanding of the world around them, the “legends and myths” of my ancestors provide me with inspiration. What they found important, the way it forms a philosophy, allows me to catch glimpses of their souls, their way of life, and provides me with a deeper meaning in my own life, and in my art.


With my art, I found a way to step back into the old mindset, because in order to protect the future, it’s significant to remember the past as an evolving Sacred Hoop.

Marlena Myles


Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, Creek) is a digital artist located in St Paul, Minnesota. Myles began her career as a portraitist, using traditional mediums like charcoal. Her work evolved, however, when she discovered the possibilities of creating art in digital formats. Today, in addition to working as an accomplished graphic designer, she produces vibrant digital vector drawings, devising complex geometric shapes to create images rooted in Native themes.

Interviews / News Articles


  • First Peoples Fund Fellowship 2017
  • Innovation Award 2016: Native POP: People of the Plans
  • Crazy Horse Memorial Continuing Education Grant 2016

Resume / CV


Marlena Myles
– Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Professional Native American artist specializing in portraits and vectors. I have experience in Illustrator, Photoshop, WordPress, painting murals, stencil art, 3D printing, paper art, sculpture, watercolors, and graphite.

Exhibitions & Markets

The Horse Nation of the Ochethi Sakowin

December 2016 | The Dahl Art Center
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
Rapid City, SD
12.16.16 – 03.24.17

Animal Nations, Four Directions

December 2016 | 924 Hennepin Avenue (A.R.T Gallery)
Minneapolis, MN
12.08.16 – 03.30.17

Skins Exhibition

October 2016 | Intermedia Arts Minneapolis, MN

Grantmakers in the Arts reception

October 2016 | Harriet Island Pavilion
Saint Paul, MN
October, 2016

Horse Nation Exhibition

September 2016 | Red Cloud Heritage Center

River Balcony Art Market

September 2016 | Mississippi River
Saint Paul, MN

Native POP: People of the Plains

July 2016 | Main Street Square
Rapid City, SD
July 15-16, 2016

Where Purple Reigns: Minnesota Artists on Prince

June 2016 | UROC Gallery
Minneapolis, MN
June – July, 2016

Solo Exhibition

February 2016 | Sioux Indian Museum, Journey Museum
Rapid City, SD
February 5 – April 22, 2016

On Fertile Ground

September 2015 | All My Relations gallery
Minneapolis, MN
September 11-November 20, 2015

3rd Annual Gathering of People, Wind and Water

July 2015 | Main Street Square
Rapid City, SD
July 17-18, 2015

Giona Sezoha G’dakinna: We Paint Our Land

July 2014 | Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
Warner, NH

The Abstracted Gallery

January 2014

Cosmosys Art Exhibition 8 – 15

May 2012 – July 2014
Cosmosys is a creative community focused around different forms of art, composed of artists from around the globe. Cosmosys aims to unite different types of artists into one collaborative community, and exhibit artwork in an inspired environment. We are an international art group, with artists from around the world. Not only do we specify in digital art but also in; traditional art, photography and even audio.

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