Yazzie, Gary

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Phoenix, AZ.


     Gary Yazzie, a Navajo artist, was born in 1946 in Phoenix, AZ. Gary has lived in Oklahoma City, OK. & Grants, NM. After an automobile accident left him with nerve damage in his right arm in 1973, Gary considered a career as an artist. He received his art education from 1977-1980 at the American Academy of Art in Chicago (Il). Although Gary has occasionally worked as a jeweler & a sculptor, he is mostly known as a painter. Gary works in oil, watercolor, charcoal, pastel, silver, gemstone & prints. Gary's painting style exhibits the strong influences of impressionism & contemporary Western art.
     Gary has exhibited his artwork extensively & won numerous awards at the Yellowstone Art Center (Billings, MT), the Art in Public places (Santa Fe, NM), the Cherokee National Museum (Tahlequah, OK), the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market (Phoenix, AZ), the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonials (Gallup, NM), the Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ), the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (CA) American Indian Festival & Market, the Navajo Tribal Fair & Rodeo (Window Rock, AZ), the Oklahoma State University Gardiner Art Gallery (Stillwater, OK), the Philbrook Museum of Art (Tulsa, OK), the Red Cloud Indian Art Show (Pine Ridge, SD), the Red Earth Festival (Oklahoma City, OK), the Southwestern International Round-up Tri-Culture Art Show (El Paso, TX), the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts' Indian Market (Santa Fe, NM), the Tanner's Annual All-Indian Invitational Pottery & Painting Show (Scottsdale, AZ), the Old Cowboy Museum's Willow Tree Festival (Gorden, NE), the Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.) & the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Night of the First Americans (Washington D.C.).
     Gary has participated in the Oklahoma State university Gardiner Art Gallery's contemporary Native American Art touring exhibit of the United States & Canada. His artwork is featured in the Red Cloud Indian school's Heritage Center Inc. Collection (Pine Ridge, SD). In 1993, Gary was awarded a commission for murals at the Denver (CO) International Airport.
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