Louis Benton Akin is an American painter who is particularly known for his landscapes. For much of his life, he lived and worked in the American West and Southwest, having moved to Arizona to aid in his recovery from tuberculosis.
Akin was a native of Portland, Oregon, a second generation resident whose grandparents were amongst the people who migrated to the region over the Oregon Trail. The West would become a region whose landscapes and whose peoples he would show a remarkable ability to represent on canvas. in 1903, he journeyed to Arizona to paint the Hopi tribe of Native American peoples. These paintings enjoyed great commercial success. He became respected among the Hopi people themselves, receiving the name "Mapli".
After the success of his Hopi paintings, Akin decided to concentrate on the majestic landscapes of the American west which he believed would assure him even more commercial success. For a time, this proved true, with some of this work being picked up for use in advertisements and many of his works being highly-regarded examples of Western art.
Louis Benton Akin, however, never really escaped the poverty that plagued his life. While working on a major project, he perished from Pneumonia in New York.