David Hoff-Grindstone is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Raised in an urban setting in Chicago, Illinois and Las Cruces, New Mexico, he was able to immerse himself in many Native American cultures, arts and traditions including his own Lakota roots.
His academic studies included the study of art, cross cultural studies and computer technology from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mesaland Community College in Tucumcari, New Mexico and Grossmont Community College in El Cajon, California.
A U.S. Navy veteran, David served on board the USS Belleau Wood and participated in the WESTPAC tour in 1988 visiting countries abroad.
David is an award winning artist with clients in the United States and Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Australia and Africa. His goal to share his knowledge of Native American art and tradition and to give back to his community, has led him to participate in Pow Wows, conference, volunteering and fund raising efforts for non-profit organizations using his artistic talents and communication skills.
He is also a northern traditional dancer which allows him to represent himself as an ambassador and mentor of the Lakota cultures to both youth and adults. His involvement has helped bring a greater awareness of the native influence in art and culture.
David currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where he actively volunteers in the community and participates in local art groups. His art pieces can be seen and purchased locally as well as online. He also lectures on Native American culture and traditions, and teaches drum making and other traditional art classes.