Nelson Tsosie, born in Shiprock, New Mexico, 1961, lived most of his life
around St. Michaels and Two Grey Hills area of the Navajo Reservation.
Tsosie's parents were also Traditional Artists in their own right; his
Mother, a noted Two Grey Hills rug weaver; his Father, a Silversmith and
a Mason by
trade. Tradition was always emphasized, however, his Mother felt
her children should be able to cross the "bridge of cultures", so he was
off to attend Government Boarding Schools from the
age of six until his junior year of High School.
graduation from Window Rock High School, Tsosie attended the
Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, where he studied
Commercial Art and an introduction to drawing and sketching from
still-life, landscapes and live
subjects . . . after Yavapai College he accelerated on to the University
of Arizona at Tucson, where he further studied two and three dimensional
design and studio art.
passed, Nelson's work became more sought after by Collectors and
Galleries, until he was
suddenly thrust into the World of Fine Art. Always
yearning to stay close to his roots and maintain a healthy perspective,
Nelson's work remains steeped in tradition, with a historical accuracy
that can only come from a comprehensive love of one's own culture, and
the people that represent it with such pride and dignity.
works of art are showcased now in a bevy of Galleries, Museums, Hotels
and Public Buildings Nation-wide. His Navajo Subjects radiate the warmth
and adoration he feels for his people, and "people everywhere", that he
wishes to share this vision with. Nelson
places great emphasis on his desire to portray the positive aspects of
Navajo Life. One looks at his works, and can see that not only has he
accomplished this perspective, but he has also added a dimension to
Native American Art: the understanding of
light and depth, perspective, emotion, storytelling, and familial and cultural
and his wife, Valerie, reside in Arizona, where
they travel frequently, participating in various art shows throughout
the year. Come meet them at the Santa Fe Indian Market in August and
the Phoenix Heard Museum Indian Art Show in March.