Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised. She grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her mother is of Irish descent, her father a full blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy left the Crow Indian reservation when she was 18 to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, where she studied sculpture. She then went on to earn her MFA in sculpture at UCLA. Wendy currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Wendy Red Star’s work explores the intersection between life on the Crow reservation and the world outside of that environment. She thinks of herself as a Crow Indian cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.