A third-generation Arizonian, Howard Post was born in 1948 in Tucson, Arizona, where he still lives. He grew up on a small ranch near Tucson in southern Arizona and attended the University of Arizona where he completed his BFA and MFA degrees. In the early 1970s Post worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for a variety of clients throughout the U.S. After serving on the faculty at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, he began painting full-time.
Among Post’s many awards are the Artist of Distinction Award at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s 2017 Quest for the West; the Victor Higgins Award of Distinction at the 2012 and 2010 Quest for the West; the Gold Medal for Painting at the Phoenix Art Museum’s 2012 West Select; the Best of Show Award at the 2010 Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale; the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s 2010 Prix de West; and the Palette Award at the 2009 Quest for the West. In 2018 his one-man show, The West Observed: The Art of Howard Post, was held at the Tucson Museum of Art. After it closes there it will travel to the Booth Museum and the Desert Caballeros Museum.
Post’s work can be found in a variety of collections including the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Postal Service, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Denver Art Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Art, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. His work has also been featured in Art News, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and Western Art & Architecture, and the books Leading the West: 100 Contemporary Artists and Howard Post: Western Perspectives, a retrospective by Rose Fredrick Productions.