Native American artist (the late) Rex A. Begaye was from the Grand Canyon area of the Navajo Nation. His artwork will take you on a journey through the Navajo creation stories and the art and culture of many Native American tribes. 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's Bio in his own words...(edited to past tense)
"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 Sarasota Native American Indian Festival will continue on as a memorial to Rex's dedication to bringing Native American artistry to Sarasota.
The late Rex was known for his laugh, the laughter he brought us and his fierce dedication to preserving Native American art and culture. Rex's artwork embodies his spirit and the path of beauty he shared with us. Now we celebrate his life through First Feather Gallery.
In Memory of the late Rex A. Begaye
"In Beauty and Harmony May You Walk"
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.