Navajo Indian, ALVIN MARSHALL, was born on April 6, 1959 on the reservation in the four corners area - where Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet.
Alvin entered the Heard Museum's Native American Art Show in November 1983. He was the winner of the "Best Sculptor of the Year" award and he was only twenty-four years old. "It was a great honor for me to get that award, and I am just thankful to have received it, " Marshall said. "It made me believe in myself. It told me that I can be as good as anybody in the art world."
Alvin held his first in-person show at the Artistic Galleries in February 1985 and it was a complete sell-out. It was at this show that the world renown Navajo artist, R.C. Gorman, purchased his first Marshall sculpture. Gorman's comment was that "Alvin is a true genius."
In 1986, Artistic Galleries published Marshall's first limited edition bronze. There were several different images of limited edition bronzes released.
In May 1986, Arizona Highways magazine devoted a complete issue to the very best Native American artists in the country and their artwork. Marshall was included in this elite group. He began creating hand-made cast paper wall art in late 1986, which met with an extraordinary response. Alvin's major sculpture, "Last Act of Forgiveness," was selected by the Heard Museum to be viewed by Pope John Paul at the Coliseum, when he visited Phoenix in September 1987. The Heard also owns Marshall's cast paper "Wolf Spirit" as a part of their permanent collection. Also in 1987, Alvin was invited to visit Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as Sculptor-in-Residence. The college owns a Marshall alabaster sculpture in their permanent collection.
Alvin Marshall's artwork has been shipped to collectors all over the world.