Melesio Benally (Navajo)
About the Artist
Melesio (Mel) Benally is a 35-year-old Navajo artist who was born and raised in Gallup, NM. He knew he wanted to be an artist ever since his older brother taught him to be a silversmith at the age of 16. His journey has taught him new techniques and methods of building original pieces as he’s learned different styles of craftsmanship on metal and stone. He has been accepted into Santa Fe’s Indian Market and has built a wonderful relationship with his collectors who love his work. He hopes to pass his silversmith techniques onto his children and that they will carry it on to the next generation.