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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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John Nieto on Historical Significance Within Art

Contemporary Art and Historical Style

John Nieto is considered to be one of America’s most prolific contemporary American Indian artists. His work mainly focuses on themes that exceed simple representation. He makes use of intense primary colors that are applied in bold strokes to bring about dimension and character to the canvas.

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Overcoming Stereotypes and Expectations with Contemporary Native American Art

Separating Fact From Fiction

Contemporary Native American art is taking a stand against prejudice and stereotype. Embedded within mainstream culture are notions and beliefs about American Indians that simply aren’t true. Movies like Pocahontas reinforce idealized concepts of the Native American lifestyle that are now being challenged by contemporary American Indian artists.
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Exploring and Understanding Contemporary Native American Art

 The Importance of Native American Art

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When you behold the captivating art décor of contemporary Native American artist John Nieto, you instantly recognize unique elements engrained in each masterpiece. Traditional Native American themes are affectionately portrayed with daring, audacious colors and vivid imagery; creating a sense of nostalgia and cultural dignity in every art piece. Bold strokes and primary colors give character and depth to each painting. Nieto adapts traditional linear techniques when adding detail and intensity to his etchings and drawings. The methods and sentiments towards each art piece he creates cause his work to stand out. Continue reading Exploring and Understanding Contemporary Native American Art

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

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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Reasons to Decorate With Southwest Art

Southwestern Art for the Home

Southwest art is characterized by earthen tones, textured fabrics and crafted pottery. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen, adding an addition to your Bay Area home or just redecorating your office, Southwest inspired pieces can add individuality and a powerful aesthetic. The scope of the Southwest color palette is broad, including warm earthy tones, neutrals, and cooler tones. Continue reading Reasons to Decorate With Southwest Art

Reasons to Buy Art From Local Galleries

Tips for Collecting Art

Art pieces can go a long way toward creating a comfortable home atmosphere or brightening up an office at work. Buying local art supports small artist communities and diversifies your home collection, potentially connecting you with up-and-comers whose work is on the verge of becoming internationally recognized and celebrated. Continue reading Reasons to Buy Art From Local Galleries

The Portrayal of the Coyote in American Art and Culture

Native American Art

In Native American lore, the coyote is a symbol for intelligence, hunger, and cunning. He is a complex character who embodies both wisdom and naiveté at once. Traditional Native American art often features the coyote, depicted in an astonishing number of different styles and diverse artistic media. Continue reading The Portrayal of the Coyote in American Art and Culture

How to Incorporate Southwestern Style into Your Home

Southwest Art In Design

When decorating a home, homeowners want to adopt a style that reflects their unique aesthetics and characteristics. For those seeking a modern design rooted in tradition, Southwestern art and motifs can be quite compelling options. Continue reading How to Incorporate Southwestern Style into Your Home