Painting a Navajo Narrative
Interview with Shonto Begay written by Matthew Brady

American Lifestyle

New Children’s book from Random House:
The Water Lady
Pre-order now (available March 30, 2021)
by Alice B. McGinty (Author), Shonto Begay (Illustrator)
How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation.

Group show:
Dawn, A Reflective Exhibition
A collection from 5 northern Arizona artists showcasing the rawness of creation.
February 5th – March 27, 2021
The HeArt Box
Flagstaff, AZ

Solo exhibit:
Shonto: Eyes of the World
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian
Santa Fe, NM
Exhibition Dates

The striking beauty of the Dine’ land and culture meet the harsh realities of reservation life in The Shonto Show, a solo exhibition featuring original paintings from the 1980s until present day. Autobiographical works tell the stunning story of boarding school life, bronco riding, heartfelt hippies, inspiring ancestors and the beautiful landscapes that fuel inspiration and the Navajo way of life, Hozho – walking in beauty. More than half the exhibit is from private collectors who purchased paintings in the past 30 years – most have never been shared with the public.

A separate gallery will feature the Wheelwright’s collection of Shonto ink (Bic pen) on paper drawings from the early 1990s depicting the Navajo legend creation story of the Hero Twins. 

Solo exhibit:
Shonto Begay: New Works
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery
Tucson, AZ
Opens: April 24 – May 8, 2021An exhibit of new works to coincide with The Shonto Show at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe. Mark Sublette is a trusted expert on Shonto’s art career, having represented his artwork for more than 20 years.

Shonto and Mark