Alvin Marshall


When Navajo sculptor Alvin Marshall holds a piece of Utah alabaster in his hands, he isn’t just touching a rock. He’s communing with his ancestors and working to turn the stone into spirit. “My people use stone in traditional ceremonies. Alabaster is closely associated with water and water ceremonies,” says Alvin, who lives near Farmington, New Mexico. “It’s beautiful, forgiving and it lends itself to me easily. It doesn’t fight or argue. Together, we make a spirit.” After a stint with the U.S. Army, Alvin studied sculpture with renowned Navajo artist Oreland Joe in the early 1980s. Though he received no formal training, Alvin rejects the idea of being self-taught. “Nobody is self-taught,” he says. “I learned from other artists, from teachers and from friends, and from my travels.” In fact, before Alvin traveled to Italy, he says he had a dream where Michelangelo told him to appreciate European art but seek out Alvin’s own niche. Partly because of that profound revelation, the models for Alvin’s figurative sculptures all live on the Navajo Reservation. “They could be my grandmother, my neighbor or my friend,” he says. “Each face is different, and like each face, each piece of stone is different. That has always been my goal. I strive to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces.”


Navajo Woman
Hopi Pottery
Guardian of Mother Earth
Harvest Ceremonies
Keeper of The Star SOLD
Navajo Rose SOLD
The Star Child SOLD
Her Turn To Dance SOLD
Hawk Eyes SOLD
Going Home SOLD
Happy Medicine SOLD
Rain Water SOLD
Shape Of Water SOLD
Through The Milky Way SOLD
War Eagle SOLD
Recieving the Spirits SOLD
New Flight SOLD
Sunshine's Ceremony SOLD
Prayer Sisters SOLD
Corn Pollon, Boy and Girl SOLD
Horse Spirits SOLD
Red Mesa Wind SOLD
Hopi Sunset SOLD
Feeding Time SOLD
Becoming Spirit SOLD
Hopi Wind SOLD
Yellow Bird SOLD
Pollen Girl SOLD
Little Ladybug SOLD
Little Feather SOLD
Humming Bird SOLD
Buffalo Eye SOLD
Plenty Coups SOLD
Spotted Wolf SOLD
Many Buffalo SOLD
Apache Wind SOLD
Keeper of the Star Blanket SOLD