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Roberta Begaye

Transcending Time

Navajo Nation


A self-taught full-time artist residing in Albuquerque, NM with a background in Fire & Emergency Medical Service. Primarily created in acrylic, she calls her style "Contemporarily Indigenous". Weaving paintings in layers with a broad stylistic range that extends from colorful representational images of animals to abstract expressionist works incorporating graffiti. At times venturing into pure abstraction. Inspired by her grandmother's Wide Ruins textile patterns, she also creates imagery with that classic geometry to honor her. Woven together, her Dine' traditional and cultural upbringing is brought to life with her brushes. Roberta's grandmother continues to weave, as she continues to paint.