A resident of Camp Verde, Arizona near the Navajo Reservation where he grew up, he depicts his native people in sculpture, often using Carrarra marble.
Yazzie studied art at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington and at the institute of American Indian Arts which he graduated from with honors.
Rather than work from sketches Yazzie prefers to allow his creativity to flow freely and let the stone direct him. His artwork is often influenced by Native American stories passed down from his elders. Yazzie believes we are all spiritual beings having a human experience and that if we connect with our spiritual side we are capable of creating wonderful things.
Source: Art of the West, July/August 2005