born in Shiprock, New Mexico, 1961, lived most of his life
around St. Michaels and Two Grey Hills area of the Navajo
Tsosie's parents were also Traditional Artists in their own
right; his Mother (Lucy Manuelito Tsosie), a noted Two Grey Hills rug weaver; his
Father (Ben Tsosie, Sr), 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.
Upon 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.
As time 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.
Nelson's 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 interaction.
Nelson 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.