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As an active member of the Chippewa of Mnjikaning First Nation, Christopher Olszewski has developed his aesthetic from the creative visual language of the Northern Woodland people. His work is rooted in western painting traditions, as well as being trained in the modernist/postmodernist philosophy of art. He also has a fascination with the ancient Native American world and how it interacts with current times. His goal is to develop the Native American image beyond the “Souvenir Shop” and to depict actual people struggling with the encroachment of the dominant contemporary culture.
As an artist operating in a multicultural society and living in the global ethnic context, his cultural identity is one of the focal points of his work. He is a completely assimilated Native American and his paintings are a philosophical inquiry and contemplation of this existence. The investigation of his cultural identity is based on superficial, mass consumed imagery, and he draws connotations to the disparate images of Native American stereotypes. Olszewski earned a BFA in painting and drawing from Wayne State University, and a MFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Kentucky. He is a professor of foundation studies at Savannah College of Art and Design.