Harrison Begay was born in White Cone, Arizona, in 1914. He attended Fort Wingate Indian School in New Mexico, and is a graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School. He studied briefly with painter Gerald Curtis Delano and began exhibiting his artwork in 1946, and has worked full time as an artist since. Begay currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a member of the Navaho Tribe. He creates prints and paintings in tempera, watercolor and acrylics that depict Navajo Indian figures and other southwest scenes. His work is described as quiet and peaceful in tone. He has also painted murals for Maisel's Indian Trading Post in Albuquerque.