Sheldon Harvey was born in 1978 in Gallup, New Mexico. Painter, carver, creator of mystical images, Sheldon is a member of the Red Running Into Water Clan of the Diné (Navajo). He gets his inspiration for his paintings and wood sculptures through sand paintings, his own weavings and Yei-Be-Chai dances. When asked about where he went to art school, Sheldon replies, “I studied in the Fine Arts program at Dine’ College, but I’ve been painting and creating art since I was little.” His uncle, Aaron Harvey, began teaching him how to paint at a young age. Sheldon also attributes his talents to the teachings of his grandfather, Leo Harvey, a silversmith and Videl Nez, at Dine’ College.
Sheldon Harvey's work depicts spirits from the Navajo creation myth and other ancient traditions in an effort to preserve his culture and the story of his people. His sculptures are made of wood, hand-stained and painted, with feather, yucca, and other natural material additions. Each signed piece embodies a piece of Navajo folklore and carries a piece of Sheldon’s creative essence.
Sheldon Harvey received top honors at the 2008 Santa Fe Indian Market when he won "Best of Classification" for his "Twins" sculpture, "Best of Classification and "Best in Show” Award for his oil painting, “Trickster Way”--the first time anyone can remember a triple win. His innovative style has made him well sought-after around the world, with collectors as far reaching as United States, Europe and Asia.
Sheldon currently resides in Ft. Defiance, Arizona.