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Walter Piehl photo

Walter Piehl jr. was born in Marion, North Dakota, the son of a livestock dealer and rodeo producer. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and the University of North Dakota for an M.F.A. While there he was encouraged to bring his rodeo experience into his art. “The style of my art could be called Expressionistic, which is in contrast to the vast majority of ‘Western Art.’” Walter has exhibited extensively in the Western United States and has work in many private collections and major museums. He has taught at Minot State University since 1970. He and his wife, Becky, live in the country with horses, cats, coyotes and too many raccoons. Walter has said, “I went to college to get out of the haystack — I like things Western and putting on paint.”

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