(Born 1946, Nez Perce, Assiniboine, Chippewa) Hyde’s final year of high school found him accepted to the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. From 1963 to 1966 he studied there under the direction of Allan Houser, the premier Native American sculptor. Under Houser’s tutelage, Hyde experimented with a variety of media such as stone, wood, plaster, metal, silver, foam, feathers, painted surface and even nails. After graduation, Hyde received a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. One year later he enlisted in the Army and after two tours in Vietnam, he returned home to Idaho to make tombstones.
In 1971, he began doing sculpture again and sold out a show at the Northern Plains Gallery in Browning, Montana. Hyde’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa Oklahoma; the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, DC; the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art; the Edinburgh Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Berlin Festival in Berlin, Germany and the Mexico Olympics in Mexico City. Hyde presently lives and maintains a studio in Arizona.