Widely recognized as the first American artist to bring fauvist color design to contemporary paintings of peoples and animals native to North America, John Nieto has over the past 4 decades achieved world-wide recognition and acclaim. He has maintained a perennial popularity with museums, corporations, and countless individual collectors by innovating within an instantly recognizable style of his own invention. 2016 marks Nieto’s 28th annual exhibition of new paintings at Ventana Fine Art. His distinctively bold style, masterful technical vocabulary, and virtuoso color harmonies are all breathtakingly present in these new paintings. This year’s John Nieto Indian Market show promises even more excitement with the introduction of new ideas and treatments in Nieto’s always captivating interpretations. New World Treasury begins with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 19, and runs through September 8, with representation ongoing.
Nieto is unique among contemporary American artists. His personal philosophies are a vital element of his consummate style. Nieto states, "I employ a subject matter that is familiar and express it the way I see it". This is accomplished via his use of vibrant color and strong assertive line. The combination of his sensitivity with his technical versatility becomes the vehicle that allows him to transcend the ordinary.
After participating in an exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. John met with President Reagan in the Oval Office of the White House and presented him with the painting "Delegate to the White House". The painting hung in Washington for the duration of the President's term in office and now has been included in the presidential library.
Nieto's distinctive style, combination of subject matter, bold comparisons and searing color, is instantly recognizable and collectors throughout the United States and abroad prize his work. He has produced bronze sculptures, etchings, lithographs and silk- screen prints, in addition to drawings in pastel crayons and charcoal. The past several years, however, have been devoted almost exclusively to painting.
John Nieto's family roots run deep in New Mexico, as it has been his ancestral birthplace for more than 300 years. John and his family have lived in various northern New Mexico towns and now reside in Texas.