Born on January 16, 1974, Kyle Polzin grew up in south Texas and began developing his artistic skills at a young age under the guidance of his father. Brought up around horses and the Gulf Coast, Polzin grew to appreciate the beauty and heritage of his Texas surroundings, a sentiment that is reflected in his art. He worked closely with his grandfathers, who were both skilled carpenters, and through their teachings learned the value of craftsmanship and the rewards found in creating with your hands.
In 1992 Polzin began his formal training in fine art, with an emphasis in oil painting, at Victoria College. During this time, he participated in instructional sessions under Dalhart Windberg, whose work has influenced him since boyhood. After college he worked as a graphic artist and web designer, painting in his free time. As his popularity and success as a painter grew, he switched to painting full-time in 2000.
At the 2020 Masters of the American West, Polzin won the inaugural Masters Best of Show Award, Sponsored by the Renken Family, for Buckin’ at the County Fair. At the 2014, 2013, and 2012 Masters he received the Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award, given in recognition of the most outstanding work in cowboy subject matter. He also won the Express Ranches Great American Cowboy Award at the 2013 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale.
Polzin has had numerous sold-out shows, and his work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Texas Outdoors Journal, Western Art Collector, and numerous other publications.
He currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Leigh, and their two young daughters.
Kyle Polzin is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming, and Bozeman, Montana.