A third-generation Arizonian, Howard Post was born in Tucson, where he still lives. He grew up on a small ranch and attended the University of Arizona, completing bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts degrees. For many years, Post worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. After serving on the faculty at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, he began painting full-time.
Among Post's many awards are the 2012 Victor Higgins Award and the 2017 Artist of Distinction Award at Quest forthe West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis; the 2012 Gold Medal for Painting at The West Select: A Western Art Invitational Sale and Exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum; the 2010 Best of Show Award at the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale in Denver; and the 2010 Great American Cowboy Award at the Prix de West Invitational at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In 2018, his one-man show, The West Observed: The Art of HowardPost, was held at the Tucson Museum of Art and traveled to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and the Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Post's work is in the collections of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming; Denver Art Museum; Briscoe Western Art Museum; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Phoenix Art Museum; and the Tucson Museum of Art. His work has also been featured in Art News, Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and WesternArt & Architecture.