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Steven J. Yazzie is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, installation, video/film, and community collaborations. His work explores the complexities of the post-settler colonial indigenous experience as it relates to personal identity, community relationships, and the essential connection to the land as the source of life, stories, conflict, and healing.
Although centered on painting, Yazzie’s creative practice crosses mediums and genres. His multifaceted, collaborative-minded practice has led him to work with community members and fellow artists, most notably as a founding member of the Indigenous art collective Postcommodity. More recently, Yazzie’s video work has been the subject of collaborative commissions with the Heard Museum and artist Catherine Blackburn.
His work has been exhibited with prestigious institutions across the United States and internationally including 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 and the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, NM. His inaugural exhibition with Gerald Peters Contemporary will open this August in Santa Fe.
Yazzie is the 2021 recipient of the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship and was recently awarded Community Scholar for the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality, University of Denver, Colorado. The artist holds a BFA in Intermedia from Arizona State University and was named the 2014 outstanding graduate of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.