Paul Pletka is a neo-surrealist painter inspired by his fascination from early childhood with Native Americans of the Southwest. He was born in southern California in 1946, and currently resides in New Mexico. After high school he won a scholarship to Arizona State University, later transferring to Colorado State University. Feeling disappointed in his college art training, Pletka did not paint seriously until the late 1960s. In an interview for ART-TALK, Pletka said, “When I was a youngster and first enchanted with Indian costume, lore and artifacts, I would sometimes pretend I was an Indian. I soon realized that was not intellectually reasonable. I am not an Indian. I am simply an interpreter.” Pletka does constant research on late 19th-century Native American culture and meticulously depicts accurate information in his paintings.