Paintbrushes lined up against each other in Shonto Begay's art studio.

What’s happening

July First Friday Art Walk
6- 9 pm, July 5th
West of the Moon Gallery , Flagstaff, AZ

Come join us in welcoming July in my new pieces
All the colors of the land brightens with the monsoon wash

Shonto Begay (c) 2024
Down Canyon Staircase
(come see this piece and others)
36”x 48”

#grandcanyonmules #brightangeltraffic #intothedepth #shontobegayart

#ShontoBegay is bringing a Dine’ perspective to the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles this winter.

Four Shonto paintings are featured in the 27th annual Masters of the American West art exhibition from Feb. 10 – March 24.

The Masters exhibition features paintings, mixed media and sculptures by 60 contemporary and Western artists.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, the Masters Art Sale celebration includes an artists’ reception, artist talks, award presentations and fixed-price art sale. Any purchases of Masters artwork support not only the artists themselves but the Autry’s diverse cultural and educational offerings and programs. Shonto will be there!

The online sale is open through March 24.

New featured paintings include Bringing in the Flock, Mountain Chant, Rooted in Prayer and New Light on Old Stories and will be featured here. #TheAutryMuseum #masterssaleautry #shontobegay #Indigenousart #westernart

Free Indian Market Show, August 19 & 20, 2023

Federal Park, Santa Fe, New Mexico

West of the Moon Gallery 

14 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 


Abalone Glow

19th annual July featured artist

Join Shonto and author Bob Young for

A reading + Q&A on July 23rd from 9:30 AM to 10:30

Modern West Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT

January 20 – March 4, 2023

Free Indian Market Show, August 20-21, 2022, Federal Park, Santa Fe

Guardian's View” acrylic on canvas 30x40, West of the Moon Show: Topography of My Spirit in Flight 

Meet Shonto at the July 1 First Friday Artwalk, downtown, 14 N. San Francisco St.

“Guardian’s View” acrylic on canvas 30×40 
 West of the Moon Show: Topography of My Spirit in Flight

June 10-12, 2022


American Lifestyle

Shonto Begay: Eyes of the World features the work of Navajo Neo-Impressionist artist Shonto Begay. Autobiographical in nature, his paintings visually narrate his connection to the Navajo landscape, personal histories, and cosmology. Shonto’s voice resonates throughout the exhibition, poetically complimenting individual artworks with in-depth storytelling and reflections on life, furthering the viewer’s understanding of art as an activity that creates objects of healing, beauty, and peace in a troubled world.

 “My relationship with the Wheelwright Museum goes way back and deep. My father’s Diné prayer blessed this museum. The Wheelwright is guardian of our Diné Jish – the creative forces of scared visionaries,” Shonto says. “I am fortunate for my artwork to be in the Wheelwright Museum collection. My vision graces its walls with great validation.”

The striking beauty of the Dine’ land and culture meet the harsh realities of reservation life in Shonto: Eyes of the World, a solo exhibition featuring original paintings from the 1980s until present day. Autobiographical works tell the stunning story of boarding school life, bronco riding, heartfelt hippies, inspiring ancestors and the beautiful landscapes that fuel inspiration and the Navajo way of life, Hozho – walking in beauty. More than half the exhibit is from private collectors who purchased paintings in the past 30 years – most have never been shared with the public.

A separate gallery features the Wheelwright’s collection of Shonto ink (Bic pen) on paper drawings from the early 1990s depicting the Navajo legend creation story of the Hero Twins. 

Shonto and Mark