Born in Sitka, Alaska, Galanin is a multi-disciplinary artist and musician. Having trained extensively in both “traditional” and “contemporary” approaches to art, he pursues them both in parallel paths. His bodies of work both preserve his culture and explore new perceptual territory. Galanin studied at the London Guildhall University, where he received a bachelor’s of fine arts in jewelry design and silversmithing and at Massey University in New Zealand, where he earned a master’s degree in Indigenous visual arts. His work explores the politics of cultural representation.