Born in Ft. Defiance, Arizona in 1979, Peterson Yazzie is a contemporary Navajo artist. He has both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts degrees. He has been teaching art at NPC since 2011.
Peterson’s artwork has achieved numerous awards in venues such as: The Heard Museum Student Art Show, “Navajo Market;” Museum of Northern Arizona in 2001; Eight Northern Pueblos Indians Arts and Craft Show in 2004 and Santa Fe Indian Market in 2005. Peterson was awarded the Eiteljorg Museum Student Fellowship in Spring of 2001, the Goodman Fellowship from the Wheelwright Museum in 2003, the 2006 Mill Atelier Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and the 2010 SWAIA Residential Fellowship.
The Navajo culture and personal life experience form the foundations of Peterson’s work. He strives to maintain his culture through his paintings and says of them, “My paintings are expressions of who I am, an individual co-existing between worlds. I use traditional aspects of my culture to communicate in a contemporary society.”