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Fred Clevland

Is a Native American Painter born and raised in New Mexico. Cleveland is a member of the Bitter Water and Kayonnie clans of the Navajo. Fred was exposed to the arts as a young boy. He spent his childhood watching his father create images in the curative process of traditional Navajo sand paintings and his mother weave rugs.


Fred Cleveland studied his style at The American Academy of the Arts in Chicago, but was largely self-taught. Focusing with acrylic and oil creating portraits and symbolism pieces. Fred seeks to express through his paintings something about his own life, his own past, and the heritage and experiences of the Navajo people.

Cleveland has said that he is “compelled to leave a record, to leave some encouragement for the human race as a legacy for the children of the world”.

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