(Born 1970) A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh earning an AA degree in Illustration and Graphic Design (1991), Marwin Begaye also attended the Institute of American Indian Arts earning an A.A. degree in Painting in 1994. In 2003 he earned his BFA at the University of Oklahoma. At the U of Oklahoma he achieved his MFA in Printmaking in 2006.
"In his image making, Marwin strives to maintain accountability to family and community. He believes that stereotyped images of Native people are damaging and that fighting them with reality-based subjects is an important goal in his art. Though his primary effort is in making images, he regularly makes commitments to teaching art to support the creative development of others."
His works have been exhibited at The Leonard Peltier Benefit in Pottsville, PA; at the IAIA's Gallery 6; the Swickley Campbell Art Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA; Greer Garson's Gallery Space and at the American Indian Contemporary Arts Gallery.
Begaye was the cover artist for an anthology of Native student writing titled It's Not Quiet Anymore. In 2007 he was awarded the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition's Visual Arts Fellowship as well as the Red Earth award in 2009.
He paints portraits reflecting the wisdom, humility and humor of Native people. This highly accomplished individual is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Painting at the University of Oklahoma.