Native American artist, Edgar Heap of Birds (Hock E Aye Vi) was born in Wichita, Kansas. Heap of Birds earned a BFA from the University of Kansas, studied at the Royal College of Art in London, and earned an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He has exhibited his works at institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Cheyenne and Arapaho Nations Reservation in Oklahoma; The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia; Documenta in Kassel, Germany; Orchard Gallery in Derry, Northern Ireland; University Art Museum in Berkeley, California; Association for Visual Arts Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; Hong Kong Art Center in China; Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia; Grand Palais in Paris, France; Nanyang Technological University Art Gallery in Singapore; and the Venice Biennale in Italy.
His work includes multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass, and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture.
In 2012, Heap of Birds was named USA Ford Fellow and Distinguished Alumni of the University of Kansas in 2014. He has received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts and Letters degrees by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston in 2008, Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada in 2017, and The California Institute of the Arts in Valencia in 2018.