A Navajo artist who was raised in a traditional hogan, in the rugged high desert mountains near Ganado, AZ . His first exposure to art was watching his mother weave rugs, and his father create sand paintings.
When his mother taught weaving at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, she could not afford a babysitter so he sat close by her in the classroom. Students would pass him pencils and paper to keep him busy. That was his introduction to a lifelong creative expression.
A consummate draughtsman, Fred Cleveland has won numerous awards for his work from the Heard Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Indian Art competitions, and many others. In 1972 he won the Grand Award in Art at the Navajo Tribal Fair, an award that he prizes above most others. He currently resides in New Mexico.