Douglas A. Fast Horse, of Oglala Lakota descent, was born in 1943 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He attended school at Holy Rosary Mission and Oglala Community School, both in Pine Ridge, South Dakota.
Working primarily in graphics, he tries to incorporate his feelings of culture, heritage and tradition in his work. Fast Horse also works to convey the customs and lifestyles of the Native people to both natives and non-natives. Fast Horse engages in a wide range of art techniques but is nationally known for his talent for beadwork.