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David Bunn Martine, born David Bunn Siklos in 1960 in Southampton, Long Island, New York, is of Shinnecock/Montauk, Nde Daa'i Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache from his mother Marjorie, a classically trained opera and concert singer. His father, Thomas Siklos was a Hungarian music director, organist and voice teacher. He comes from an artistic family for several generations.

David is currently Curator of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Shinnecock Reservation, Southampton, NY; Chairperson of American Indian Artists Inc.(AMERINDA) based in New York City; and also a painter and sculptor for 30 years.

In 2014, he has add another gallery of commissioned portraits. Custom commissioned portraits are now be ordered according to the custom specifications of a client. A single figure, multiple figures, animals, custom backgrounds and three standard sizes in oil on canvas. Check the specifics in the Terms and Conditions section.

In 2013 he completed on an oral history book of his family through four verbatum oral histories from both the Native American and Hungarian heritage. Time and Memories, Histories and Stories of A Shinnecock-Apache-Hungarian Family, Compiled and Edited by David Bunn Martine, released in 2013, and available for sale at www.lulu.com, contains oral histories from David's Grandmother, Alice Osceola Bunn Martinez; uncle, David Walkus Martinez; mother, Marjorie Carola Martinez; and father, Thomas Siklos.

Living on the Shinnecock Territory, of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, David absorbed the history of his heritage, both the ancient Algonquian cultures from the New England woodlands of the East Coast United States, as well as the Apache, indigenous people of Arizona and New Mexico. He has also sung in choirs and plays piano in response to the Hungarian heritage of his father. David's maternal grandfather, Charles Martine, Jr. was a Nednai-Chiricahua Apache, born at Fort Bowie, Arizona, a prisoner-of-war with Geronimo's band of Apache Indians until 1913. He was raised at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

David's family history is very rich both on the Native American and Hungarian sides. His Shinnecock great-grandfather, Charles Sumner Bunn, was a master wood-carver of shore-bird decoys and was a professional guide and hunter. Charles' father was a whaler who sailed around the world participating in the New England whaling industry which flourished in the early 19th century. David's uncle was a commercial artist, wood-carver and photographer. David's Hungarian grandfather, Arpad Siklos, was a famous architect who designed the Vatican Embassy in Budapest and was knighted by the Pope in the Order of Saint Sylvester.

Recently, he has diversified his artistic interests, working in Native American museums, currently, Curator of the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, producing several mural commissions as well as book illustrations, working in large scale wood sculptures, multi-media pieces and spiritual subject matter as well. David's earliest artistic influences were members of his own family: his uncle, David Martinez, his mother and father, and great-grandfather, Charles Bunn. Later, he learned to appreciate the influence of another distant relative the great Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache artist and sculptor, Allan Houser (Haozous), who was one of the earliest and best Native American painters in the Southwest, later becoming the primary influence in the resurgence of stone-sculpture among Native American youth while teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the narrative realism of Norman Rockwell, the Wyeths and the great Mexican, Italian and Dutch painters. David studied briefly with Constantin Alajalov in the 1980's.


  • Central State University, Okla. M.Ed., Art Education 1984
  • University of Oklahoma, BFA with Honors,
  • Advertising Design 1982
  • Institute of America Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM. Certificate Program, concentration: Museum Studies, 1983
  • Joan Mitchell Award in Painting - 2008
  • Joan Mitchell Award Curatorial Fellowship - 2012
  • Andy Warhol Research Fellowship
  • Robert Rauchensberg Residency - 2015
  • Surfpoint Residency - York Maine - 2022
  • "No Reservation: New York Contemporary Native American Art Movement", 2017, American Indian Artists, Inc. (AMERINDA)
  • " Time and Memories"

  • Garvies Point Indian Museum, Glen Cove, NY, 2010
  • Sag Harbor Historial Museum, Sag Harbor, NY, 2010
  • Uniondale Public Library, Uniondale, NY, 2010
  • Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY, 2010
  • Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton, NY, 2009
  • Clovis Point Winery, Jamesport, NY, 2009
  • Tennis and the Gospel, Good Conscience Gallery 848, Southampton, 2007
  • Exhibition, Bay Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bellport, 2007
  • Southampton Artist's Association Thanksgiving Show, 2007
  • Fridays@Noon, Contemporary Native American Work, Parrish Art Museum, South., 2006
  • New York Mix: American Indian Community House Gallery Museum, 2005
  • Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY 2001
  • “Whaling: A Cultural Odyssey”, Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, NY 2001
  • “Eastern Stars: New York Alumni of the Institute of American Indian Arts,” AICH Gallery, NY 1998
  • Southampton Artist’s Association Memorial Day Exhibition, 1998 The Native American Experience: Long Island, New York and Beyond, “We Are All Connected” – New York City, NY 1997
  • Southampton Artist’s Association July4 Juried Exhibition, 1998, Honorable Mention Southampton Artist’s Association Labor Day Weekend Exhibition, 1998
  • The Native American Experience: Long Island, New York and Beyond, “We Are All Connected” Hofstra University, NY 1998
  • Cafe Exhibition, Borders Bookstore, Commack, NY 1998
  • Teepee In The Hills Indian Trading Post/Gallery, Southampton, NY 1998
  • The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, 1997
  • EAC Art Exhibition and Craft Fair, Sotheby's, NY, 1996
  • Exhibition, Southampton Town Hall, 1996
  • “From The Heart/Contemporary Native American Art of the Mid-Atlantic Region” Intercultural Resource Center at Columbia University, 1992
  • “Circle of Power” American Indian Community House Gallery/Museum, 1992 I
  • ndigenous Visions Gallery, Southampton, NY 1992 “Rider With No Horse” Hutchin’s Gallery, C.W. Post Campus, LIU, 1988
  • “Rider With No Horse” – “Medicine Show”, Jamaica Arts Center, Queens, NY 1988
  • “Rider With No Horse” Minor Injury Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 1988
  • Rider With No Horse” – “Masks”, Gallery of the Manhattan Borough President, New York City, 1988
  • Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY, Artist Member’s Exhibit, 1986 Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY, Clothesline Art shows, 1985-87
  • Hampton Bays Library, Hampton Bays, NY 1985
  • Marine Midland Bank, 1986 Exhibition, Ocean View Lounge, Southampton Campus, LIU, Southampton, 1985
  • “In Beauty It Is Begun…” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 1973


  • Children’s Mural, Challenge America Grant Joint Project, Family Preservation Center, Shinnecock Reservation, Southampton, NY 2002
  • “The Peaceful People and the First Nations Mural”, American Friends Service Committee, New York, NY 2001
  • Shinnecock Indian Wigwam, full-scale replica exhibit for “Treasures of Long Island” exhibition, Museums at Stony Brook, NY 1998
  • “First Settlers and Farmers” oil painting for the Water Mill Museum, Water Mill, NY, 1997
  • “Six Cultural Phases” murals for Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Southampton, NY 1994
  • “Six Cultural Phases” murals for Long Island Culture History Lab and Museum, Hoyt Farm Park, Commack, NY 1989 Fort Sill Apache Tribal Seal, 1984
  • Portrait of Geronimo for Allan Houser, Santa Fe, NM, 1985 Numerous private portrait commissions, 1980-2003
  • “Little Girl” monumental wood sculpture, 1995
  • Algonquian ball-headed, war club, wood carving, John Strong, 1995
  • Algonquian ball-headed, war club, wood carving, Eugene Cuffee, 1995
  • AWARDS Joan Mitchell Award, 2008 Andy Warhol Curatorial Research Fellowship Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva. Fl. 3-4, 2015


  • The Montaukett Indians of eastern Long Island, Syracuse University, 2001
  • Thomas Halsey and the Halsey House, booklet, Southampton Colonial Society and Halsey Family Association, 1998
  • We Are Still Here! The Algonquian Peoples of Long Island Today, Hofstra University, 1996
  • The Algonquian Peoples of Long Island from Earliest Times to 1700’s, Hofstra University, 1996
  • The Reaffirmation of Traditional Cultures of Indians of Long Island, Hofstra University, 1996
  • Water Mill Celebrating Community, the history of a Long Island Hamlet, Peconic Company, Mattituck, NY, 1996
  • To Know The Place-Exploring Long Island History, Hofstra University, 1995
  • Ethno history, Vol. 41, No. 4, Duke University Press, 1994 American Indian Culture and research Journal, Vol. 16, No. 1, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992
  • The Long Island Historical Journal, SUNY, Stonybrook, 1991
  • The Hills Long Ago, Academy, 1991
  • The Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, University of Nebraska, 1989
  • The Shinnecock Indians, A Culture History, Ginn, 1984
  • Good Ground Remembered, Academy, 1984
  • The Thompson Begonia guide, Thompson, 1976


  • WLIW, Channel 21, 2005 PBS, “History Detectives”,
  • 2005 Riverhead Cable, Channel 20, “Master Artist Series”, Ellen DePazzi,
  • 2005 NPR Radio Interview on Shinnecock Museum,
  • 2005 WLIU Radio Interview, Bonny Grice show,
  • Southampton College Campus, 2005 Producer and Host,
  • Channel 27 Cablevision Systems, Riverhead, NY “Voices of Native America”, broadcast monthly,
  • 1990-96 Producer and Host, Channel 27 Cablevision Systems, Riverhead, NY
  • “Drawing and Painting with David Martine”, Show, 1996 WRIV,
  • “The People Speak”, Jay Janoski, Feb. 22, 1992 WCBS, “Dialogue 101”
  • Native American Culture, 1990 1980-2005, New York Times, Southampton Press, East Hampton Star, Long Island Newsday,
  • Dan’s Papers Who’s Who in America, 61st Edition, 2007


  • Private classes, Beginning Drawing Technique, 2001-02
  • Long Island Indian History Class, LIU, Southampton Campus, 1997-98
  • Adult Continuing Education, Southampton High School, Beginning Drawing, 1990-92 Adult Education,
  • Beginning Drawing, Southampton Cultural and Civic Center, 1990
  • Substitute Teaching, Southampton Public Schools, 1985-6 Substitute Teaching, Tuckahoe School, Southampton, NY 1985-6
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, Advertising Arts and Calligraphy, 1986


  • Framer/Art Handler, Chrysalis Gallery, Southampton, NY, 2007-2008
  • Director/Curator, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, 2003-2012
  • Studio Assistant, Sheila Isham, artist, Southampton, NY Ca. 2004
  • Curatorial Consultant, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum 2000-2001
  • Retail Sales, Deerfield Clothing, Southampton, NY 1998-2002
  • Museum Technician, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, NY 1994-96
  • Member Exhibition Crew, Sotheby’s, New York City, 1996
  • Assistant to Director, Cultural and Civic Center of Southampton, 1996-97
  • Director Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, 1992-93
  • Retail Sales, Teepee In The Hills Gift Shop Gallery, Southampton, 1980-1996
  • Retail Sales, Showtiques Arts and Craft Shows, Long Island, NY, 2001
  • Independent Associate, Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Ada, OK 1999-2001
  • CSWMartine, Fine Arts and Crafts, Southampton, 1990-2005 Self-Employed artist, 1980-2005


  • “We’ll Take Manhattan: Native Arts Symposium”, 2005 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005
  • “Identity in Contemporary Native American Art”, panel, Parrish Art Museum 1992
  • “Imagination Celebration”, Board member, faculty, Huntington Arts Council, 1989 Consultant,
  • Parrish Art Museum Education Committee, 1988-89 Consultant,
  • Art project, Southampton Elementary School, 1980
  • Member Board of Directors, Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum, 1997
  • Member Shinnecock Nation Tribal Council, 2000-2002
  • Member Hillwood Art Museum Artists Advisory Committee, CW Post Campus, LIU., Brookville, NY 1990
  • Member, Committee on Racial Justice, Board Member, The Presbytery of Long Island, NY 1987 Member,
  • Suffolk County Native American Task Force, 1990 Member,
  • Indian Arts and Crafts Association, Albuquerque, NM 1988-90 Member,
  • Suffolk County Archaeological Association, 1980-Present
  • Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY 2006 East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY 2006

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