Henry Balink was born in Amsterdam and began his early training as a painter at the Art Institute of Rotterdam. In 1909 he entered the Royal Academie. Five years later the young artist visited New York and later, Chicago. He soon traveled West, inspired by a travel poster he saw in a railroad terminal. Balink stayed in Taos briefly before settling in Santa Fe in 1924. From Taos and Santa Fe, he began to explore Indian country, eventually making portraits of people from 63 tribal groups. Balink’s Indian portraits, landscapes, and murals are still prized today for their historical and ethnological value.