Peterson Yazzie is a Contemporary Navajo artist from Greasewood Springs, Arizona; he was born in Ft. Defiance, Arizona in 1979. Peterson is of the Mexican Clan, One Who Walks Around Clan, Red House, and Coyote Pass Clan. After graduating from Holbrook High School in 1997, he went on to Northland Pioneer College in Holbrook, Arizona.
The Navajo culture and personal life experience is the foundation of Peterson’s work. Peterson strives to maintain his culture through his paintings that go beyond just being a “Pretty picture”, to “positive and negative realities”. Peterson says, “My painting are expressions of who I am, an individual co-existing between worlds. I use traditional aspects of my culture, to communicate in a contemporary society.
Peterson received an Associates of Fine Arts (2002) and Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree (2004) from the Institute of American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has completed his education for a Masters of Fine Arts Degree at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, NM in Fall 2008.
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