Yellowman

  • Award-winning painter with career that spans 50 years
  • Navajo
  • Known for powerful paintings of Plains Indian life
  • Expressive use of color and attention to detail define his style
  • SWAIA-Santa Fe Indian Market Artist
  • Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market Artist
  • Profiled in Southwest Art Magazine

“When a person buys one of my pieces they in a sense become part of my family. I am glad Shumakolowa Native Arts shares the same values and also respects Native American artists and highlights their works very professionally.”- Bennie Yellowman Nelson  

Yellowman is a renowned Navajo artist who has been painting for over 50 years. He comes from a family of weavers and beadworkers and has been drawing and painting since he was a child. He is most known for his moving acrylics and watercolors that celebrate Native beauty and convey a feeling of fierceness and strength. His wife is of Kiowa heritage and his paintings often depict scenes of Plains Indian life in stunning detail and color. Yellowman is also known for powerful portraits of warriors. In addition to being a distinguished artist, Yellowman is also an active public speaker who speaks on topics related to Native American rights, traditions, history and art.