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The Relationship Between Art and Culture

Art Influences Culture, Culture Influences Art

Art and culture at their very core serve as some of the most significant, dynamic, participation, and social influences of human behavior and interaction. When put together, they have the ability to generate empathy, stir up dialogue, induce reflection and charter new relationships and ideas.

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Native American Artists Underrepresented in American Art Museums

Women and Minorities Find Less Representation in Large Contemporary Art Galleries

Native American artist John Nieto has made huge strides in bringing national recognition and respect to Native American artists and their paintings. His work can be found within the presidential library and was even presented to Ronald Reagan during his presidential term. Recognized as “fine art,” Nieto’s online southwest art gallery depicts bold representations of Native American themes, culture and continues to be a strong voice within contemporary art circles. Continue reading Native American Artists Underrepresented in American Art Museums

Native American Art: Traditions & Their Origins

Native American Art by John Nieto
“Welcome to the Neighborhood” ©2015 John Nieto

Native American Artists Weren’t Always Recognized as “Artists” 

The emergence of contemporary American Indian art has garnered recognition from nationally and globally acclaimed art institutions. Yet, the word “art” reveals one of the basic differences between European and Native American ideologies. Traditionally, Native Americans did not adopt art as a major way of life as European cultures in the West did. Apart from a few small groups, the word “art” and “artist” was not even present in traditional American Indian languages. Continue reading Native American Art: Traditions & Their Origins

The Symbolism of the Bear in Native American Art

Native American Art and its Historical Symbolism of the Grizzly Bear

You’ve been told to run and hide at the site of them, but did you know that bears are a symbol of strength, family, vitality, courage and health for traditional Native American tribes? Native American art and legends are filled with bear-like influences, and often hold strong symbolism.  Today, the bear has a strong influence in modern contemporary art.  Continue reading The Symbolism of the Bear in Native American Art

The New Collector’s Guide to Limited Edition Reproductions

Contemporary Art Prints and Reproductions

Original fine art prints, much like fine local California wines, are often only produced in small batches. They are made by hand and etched one at a time by the artist. The most sought-after art prints are created with high-quality materials. Their exceptional quality distinguishes them from reproductions and makes them hard, if not impossible, to replicate. Continue reading The New Collector’s Guide to Limited Edition Reproductions

John Nieto: An Artist Reborn

The Turning Point for the Southwest Artist

Bay Area Contemporary Art
Getting Acquainted” by John Nieto. ©2015 Nieto Fine Art.
Western artist John Nieto has a miraculous background that he draws upon to add emotional depth and meaning to his art. His paintings have won wide acclaim for providing colorful narratives of Native American history. All the work the well-known Native American artist completes offers a window into his own narrative and focuses on themes and icons he to which he can relate on a personal level – elements that he believes have universal resonance.
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The Portrayal of the Wolf in Native American Art

Wolves and Contemporary American Indian Art

Native American art features a gallery of compelling, totemic animals, but perhaps no animal in this pantheon commands more respect than the wolf. This sacred animal adorns countless Native American pottery, masks, sculptures, and paintings. Wolves in Native American culture also signify powerful emotions and states of mind; they represent everything from family loyalty to intelligence, cunning, and communication. Continue reading The Portrayal of the Wolf in Native American Art