Tony Lee, a Navajo, grew up in the New Mexico southwest. . His interest in art developed while watching his parents crafting in the art of Silversmith. His prized talent came as early as fourth grade when he won second place for his pastel drawing in the Shiprock Northern Navajo Fair. Since then he’s won first, second, third and honorable mention in stone and metal sculpture. He studied welding at Utah Technical College.
In May, 1987, he received his certificate in three-dimensional art and the following year his Associate of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In August, 1988, he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the governor of New Mexico Garrey Carruthers. He was also featured in the 1986-87 Tenth Annual Exhibition The National Dean’s List and the 1988 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
Lee prefers to work in the field of fine arts and enjoys the challenge of exploring through mixed media.
Tony felt privileged to be Assistant Sculptor to the renowned national award winning artist, Allan Houser (Haozous), for the past five years until his passing in the autumn of 1994. At the present, Lee is employed by the Allan Houser Foundation.
Tony Lee has been involved with many selected exhibitions and has received a variety of awards and honors including First Place and Best of Show – “Midnight Chant” at the Fourth Annual Inter-Tribal Art Exhibition in Dayton, Ohio; Second Place – “Holy Mask” at the Tallasi Art Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma; First Place – “Flute Player & the Creation Dragon” at the Second Annual American Indian Art Festival in Dallas, Texas; Governor’s Choice Award – “Navajo Medicine Man” at the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup, New Mexico, to name only a few.