Shonto Begay’s work may be found in more than fifty galleries and museums, including the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, the American Contemporary Arts Museum in San Francisco, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.
Shonto began his education at boarding schools hosted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs throughout the Navajo Reservation before attending high school in Kayenta. He received an Associates of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe as well as a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts. The artist then worked as a National Park Service Ranger at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and the Navajo National Monument in Arizona before becoming a professional artist in 1983.
"My message is simple: build bridges through the arts and stories of your culture. Validate and share these visions and voices. Celebrate your personal identity through the arts…I am as much a student as I am a teacher.”