Meet the artist
Raymond Janis (Oglala Lakota Tribe) goes by the artist name of Ray Rock Boy. Rock Boy is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He grew up in the Medicine Root District also known as Kyle, South Dakota.
Rock Boy started his art career teaching himself how to use different adobe programs, which helped him elevate his art and knowledge in graphic design. He is currently pursing an associate’s degree in graphic design from Oglala Lakota College.
Rock Boy is influenced by his Lakota heritage and western society blending the two cultures and letting his art develop and move where it wants.
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About his art
Raymond’s art style is influenced by his Lakota heritage and western upbringing, where he dives into the past and connects it to the present. Raymond creates eclectic pieces that are inspired from his childhood, from growing up on the “Rez,” traditional Lakota teachings, Saturday morning cartoons, music from country to hip-hop and, of course, wanting to be like Mike!
by Ray Janis
In these trying times, I wanted to promote the use of wearing your mask in public. I decided to put a twist on the traditional Lakota culture of where we hide our face when photographers would take their pictures. In using this cultural depiction, I have adapted the image to the current times of wearing a face-covering in public. I wanted to bring awareness to our indigenous communities to keep wearing their masks and stop the spread of covid-19 to protect our knowledge keepers.
Building COVID-19 vaccine trust in indigenous communities – Bluecross Blueshield Minnesota
COVID-19 and Indigenous peoples – United Nations
Is COVID-19 being used as a weapon against Indigenous Peoples in Brazil? – The Lancet
About the digital artists’ cohort
We Are Still Here will re-center Native voices and stories in the Hennepin Theatre District and the Native American Cultural Corridor through the work of a Native artists’ cohort working in a variety of digital and analog media, leading to a large-scale public art project by fall 2020. All My Relations Arts and Hennepin Theatre Trust have committed to this multiyear partnership to weave Native culture back into Hennepin Avenue with temporary and permanent art that engages Native and non-Native people in a deeper sense of place and share future.