In Rex's own words...(edited to past tense)
The images of full blooded Dine’h (Navajo) artist Rex Begaye speaks of the universal connection of Mother Earth, Father Sky and man. Through his paintings, stories have been passed down for generations by the elders of many nations, which are vividly brought to life through his artwork. Rex’s art celebrates the sacredness and discipline of the Dine’h culture, leading a contemporary outlook to the ancient traditions. To see his paintings is to span from long ago to the edge of tomorrow. The late Rex A. Begaye was from Dine’htah (Navajo nation), Grand Canyon, Arizona. Born and raised with a culture and traditional values. He traveled throughout the country teaching about the culture of different nations through his paintings. To understand, to see and to feel his work is a teaching of balance and harmony.
"In Beauty and Harmony May You Walk"
In Memory of the late Rex A. Begaye
Rex A. Begaye was born an artist. From early doodles in the margins of his Tuba City Boarding School yearbooks,to the master strokes of his paintings in his later life, it was evident that he was gifted.
Rex was from the heart of Dine'htah (navajo nation), Arizona, Grand Canyon area. Born and raised with a culture and traditional values,
he traveled throughout the country, teaching the culture of different nations through his paintings. Within Rex's paintings, the stories that have been passed down for generations by the Elders of many different nations are vividly brought to life. They speak of the universal connection between Mother Earth, Father Sky and man, spanning from long ago to the edge of tomorrow.
Rex's art celebrates the sacredness and discipline of the Dine'h culture, lending a contemporary outlook to the ancient traditions.
Throughout his life, he produced over 500 pieces of artwork representing the traditional stories, history, and environmental teachings of the Native American people. To see, feel and understand his work is a learning experience in balance and harmony.
For over 20 years Rex A. Begaye called Sarasota his home. In 2008 he created the Sarasota Native American Indian festival; a gathering of all native artisans to celebrate and appreciate the quality, creativity and authenticity of Native American art and craftspeople during a time when cultural appropriation was running rampant.
His great appreciation and respect for native cultures and traditions extended out to all tribes, and it was his desire to teach and share all the great beauty that they contain with all people native and non-native alike. The festival will continue on as a memorial to Rex's dedication to bringing Native American artistry to Sarasota.
The late Rex A. Begaye was known for his love of laughter, fun, joy and beauty he shared with us through his paintings and spirit. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, loved ones and art collectors.
First Feather Gallery is honored to represent the art collection of the late Dine'h(navajo) artist Rex A. Begaye.
Rex's life's work holds the essence of the Indigenous spirit. His love and respect for the Earth and “the people” is felt in every piece. Inspired by his elders and the knowledge they passed down to him, Rex's artwork preserves a legacy which continues to live on through these extraordinary images.