Jared Andreas

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

GRANTEE: Jared Andreas
NATIVE HERITAGE: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
LOCATION: Palm Springs, California
AWARD: 2023 LIFT– Early Career Support for Native Artists 

Jared Andreas is a painter who was born in Hemet, California, near his tribe’s ancestral homelands. When he was eight years old, his family moved to Idaho, which created a distance and disconnect from his culture that significantly impacted him as a child and is one of the main motivators in his work. Andreas graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting. In the summer of 2022, he relocated to his tribe’s reservation in Palm Springs, California, where he is currently working and participating in traditional bird singing.

Andreas creates surrealistic paintings with recurring themes of cultural identity, otherness, and constructed reality. He grew up very aware of his heritage and enrollment in his tribe but was raised away from the culture. Consequently, the figures in his paintings tend to appear confined or imprisoned by the overwhelming artificiality of their backgrounds. Andreas’ work is in the collection of the Boise City Department of Arts and History, has been featured in national exhibitions, and was twice selected for publication in New American Paintings.

My goal is to continuously grow as a painter and human being. I hope to honor my heritage, family and tribe with this project.”

– Jared Andreas (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians)


Andreas’ LIFT Project, Illuminated, will consist of twelve large-scale oil portraits of tribal members from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. His intent is to celebrate his community’s culture bearers while shining a light on the undeniable fact that we are still here. Andreas will exhibit the works at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.