In the history of art only a select number of artists distinguish themselves as originators of a personal idiom that reverberates beyond place and time. John Nieto is one of those originals. His eye-dazzling paintings rank him among the vanguard of contemporary American colorists.
Recognized worldwide for his signature blend of expressive colors, dynamic brushwork, and powerful compositions, Nieto is an American artist who speaks in a universal language. His personal story, told here for the first time, is a journey of discovery. His paintings combine reverence for his heritage with a sophisticated worldview. They are also autobiographical.
Nieto depicts Native peoples as icons of dignity and unity. His buffalo, bears, and coyotes are symbols of survival. Each is captured in pulsating saturated hues that affirm the vibrant spirituality inherent in all living things.
Susan Hallsten McGarry, trained as an art historian, served as editor in chief of Southwest Art magazine for 18 years beginning in 1979. She has been a contributor or primary author of more than 40 monographs and surveys on American artists, including Earthlings: The Paintings of Tom Palmore; American Legacy: Our National Parks; and Bruce Aiken’s Grand Canyon: An Intimate Affair.
Size: 15 x 12.5 in.
Plates: 180 color plates