Contemporary Native Art to Russia

This website shows the art and artists involved in the June-July 2012 Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Art and the September-October 2012 Novosibirsk State Museum of Art biennial.

Marwin Begaye

Born 1970

MFA, Printmaking, 2006, University of Oklahoma

BFA. 2003 at the University of Oklahoma

A.A., 1994, Painting, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

A.A., 1991, Illustration and Graphic Design, Art Institute of Pittsburgh earning an AA degree in Illustration and Graphic Design

Lives in Norman, Oklahoma, USAThe Diné painter and printmaker Marwin Begaye reflects the wisdom, humility, and humor of Native people in his own art. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Painting at the University of Oklahoma. In his art, Mr. Begaye often comments on the problems facing Native people. A recent series highlights the unhealthy living and addictive eating habits. His are the type of images that get-in-your-face and speak the prophesy of our fast and furious lifestyle; that alcohol, drugs, smoking, and restaurant chains have obvious consequences = death. 

His style incorporates images from contemporary culture, including the skulls and Gothic lettering from gang related tattoos to communicate the evils of a hard and fast existence. His messages are multi-layered, and splashed with bright colors. Their complexity pulls in the viewer Begaye's scathing viewpoint of the affects of our mass-marketed, logoed existence questions life among the challenges of drugs, unhealthy foods, alcohol and drugs. Begaye has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition's Visual Arts Fellowship as well as the Red Earth award in 2009.

Marwin Begaye, Yellowhammer, woodcut 2012

Marwin Begaye, Scissor Tail, woodcut, 2011

Marwin Begaye, Remedy, woodcut, 2011

Marwin Begaye, Resting, woodcut, 2011

Marwin Begaye, Blue Jay, woodcut, 2011

Marwin Begaye, Macaw, woodcut, 2012