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Steven J. Yazzie ^^^^ Multidisciplinary artist 


My work is the product of interdisciplinary projects and multidisciplinary activities including: painting, video installation, performance, and socially driven collaborations.  My ancestry, Navajo (Dine’), Laguna, and European, play a fundamental role in the postcolonial subtext embedded in the narratives of my work.  I use specific geographies within the southwest region of the United States as points of reference in framing metaphors of cultural condition, specifically land as a source of identity, conflict, and explicit resource.


Steven J. Yazzie (b.1970) Newport Beach, California; lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona. Yazzie is a proud member of the Navajo Nation and a veteran of the Gulf War serving honorably with the United States Marine Corps. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia at Arizona State University and was named the 2014 outstanding graduate for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

Yazzie has been apart of numerous regional, national, and international exhibitions. Most notably he has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada; the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM. Throughout Arizona, Yazzie has exhibited at the Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. Yazzie’s work can be found in a number of public and private collections throughout the country. Yazzie has also received a number of regional and national grants; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The National Museum of the American Indian, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Joan Mitchell Award.




2014    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Intermedia, Arizona State University

2006    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME

1988- 92 United States Marine Corps


Solo Exhibitions

2014    Looking For Tsosido Museum of Walking, Scottsdale/Tempe, AZ

2013    The Mountain, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM

2011    On Common Ground, Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2010    New Stories, Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2009    New Works, Berlin Gallery, Phoenix AZ

2008    The West is the Best & The Tsosido, Palomar College, San Marcos California

2008    Strata, Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2007    4x4 Motion Festival, Postcommodity, Prague, Czech Republic

2006    Draw Me A Picture, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2005    New Work, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2003    The Last Painting Show, Buckaroo Parish, Phoenix, AZ     


Selected Group Exhibitions from 2000 to the present

2016   Culture Shift: Art Mûr, Mccord Museum, Montréal, Quebec

2015   You are On Indian Land, Northern Arizona Museum, Flagstaff, AZ

2015    Fires of Change, Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ

2014    Build! Lego Exhibition, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2014    Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas,

UCLA Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2014    EMERGE (ASU) Phoenix, Arizona

2012    Sakahàn, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

2012    All Our Relations 18th Sydney Biennale, Sydney Australia (Postcommodity)

2012    Great Outdoors Pace Digital Gallery, Pace University, New York, NY

2011    Don’t Stop Me Now, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

2010    On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century, MOMA, New York, NY

2010    IN/SIGHT Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

2010    Re-imaging the West: Selections from the permanent collection, Scottsdale

            Museum of Contemporary Art. Scottsdale, AZ

2010    P’oe iwe naví ûnp’oe dînmuu (My Blood is in the Water), Postcommodity Museum of              

           Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM

2009    World View Manipulation Therapy, Postcommodity, Phoenix, AZ

2009    Do You Remember When? Postcommodity, ASU Art Museum,Tempe, AZ

2009    Dead River, Postcommodity ”The Block Party” ASU Benefit,Phoenix, AZ

2009    Beyond Face Value, Heard Museum North, Scottsdale AZ

2009    Outsiders Within, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ

2009    Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World, AGO, Toronto, Canada

2009    The Repellent Eye, Postcommodity, Ice-house, Phoenix AZ

2008    The Other Mainstream II, ASU Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

2008    Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World, NMAI, New York, NY

2007    Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2007    Intersections, Postcommodity, Slavonice, Czech Republic

2007    Hi ha alguna cosa de revolucionarien tot aco, Sala Parpallo, Valencia, Spain

2007    Drawing Outside the Lines, SMOCA, Scottsdale, AZ

2007    New Works, Berlin Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

2003 - 07 Contemporary Forum Auction, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

2004 - 07 Kaos Theory, Legend City Studios, Phoenix, AZ

2006    Saints and Sirens, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2006    DECK – Skatedeck Art Exhibit, The Phoenix, Icehouse, Phoenix, AZ

2005    Identity: Divided Transformations, Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ

2005    Scapes, Credit Suisse First Boston, NYC, NY

2004   Contemporary Forum Grant Winners exhibit, Phoenix, Art Museum, AZ

2004    Shade Projects: Smithsonian Culture Fest Auction, Phoenix, AZ

2004    The Satellite Show, Smithsonian NMAI Exhibition, Washington, D.C.

2004    Indian Market Show LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2004 - 07 Native Views, Artrain USA, Intercontinental traveling exhibition

2004    Respite - SHADE Projects, Phoenix, AZ

2004    Text, Tempe Public Library, Tempe, AZ

200      Native Inspiration, LewAllen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2003    War Show, City Gallery East, Atlanta, GA

2003    Arizona Biennial Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

2003    Mimic of Calls, Central College of Arizona, Coolidge, AZ

2002    City of Tempe, U.S. Post Office, Tempe, AZ

2002    Exotic Art, Alwun, House Foundation, Phoenix, AZ

2001    Palette-able Art, Buckaroo Parish, Phoenix, AZ

2000    The Way It Is, Gallery of Contemporary and Indigenous Art (GOCAIA), Tucson, AZ



2014    Museum of Contemporary Native Art, (Social Engagement Residency), Santa Fe, NM

2014    Denver Art Museum (Jeffrey Gibson film Project)

2010    Museum of Contemporary Native Art Santa Fe, NM

2010    Plug-In Institute of Contemporary Art Winnipeg, Canada

2008    Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ (Pocha Nostra Residency)

2007    Center for the Future, Slavonice, Czech Republic

2006    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine

2004    South Mountain High School, Phoenix, AZ. Guest Artist in residence

2002    Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ.  “Tradition”, Installed Phoenix Children’s Hospital

2002    Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM 

2002    Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ 

2000    Heard Museum, Artist-in-Residence Program



2014    Arizona Commission on the Arts

2014    Art Matters Foundation

2010    Joan Mitchell Award (Postcommodity)

2009    Arizona Commission on the Arts “Project Grant” w/Postcommodity

2008    First Nations Composer Initiative Grant w/Postcommodity

2006    Professional Development Grant, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix, AZ

2006    Scholarship & Travel Grant, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,

           Skowhegan, Maine

2004Contemporary Forum Materials Grant, Contemporary Forum, Phoenix, AZ

2002Best of Show “Exotic Art 2002”, Alwun House Foundation, Phoenix, AZ

2000National Endowment for the Arts(NEA) & Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation “Artists

          Communities: America Creates for the Millennium”, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ



2013Sakahan, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

2011Close Encounters: The Next 500 years, Plug in Editions, Winnipeg, Canada

2011Manifestations: New Native Art Criticism, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts

2010On-Line: Drawing Through The Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, Butler and   

          De Zegher, NY

2007Art Papers, Sep, Oct: Future Anterior

2007Remix: New Modernities in a Post Indian World (catalog)

2006PHX Phoenix: 21st Century City,  Edward Booth Cliborne

2004Native Views: Influences of Modern Culture (catalog)

2003Arizona Biennial (catalog), Tucson Museum of Art publication