John Nieto (American, b.1936) is one of America’s most dynamic Contemporary artists. He utilizes intense primary colors, applied in bold strokes, to give dimension and character to the canvas. In his etchings and drawings, Nieto employs classic linear techniques to create images of great detail and depth. In all of Nieto’s art, sensitivity and respect for his subject are projected. He concentrates on capturing in his work his unique vision of the subjects he paints on canvases of vibrant, electric hues. The bold imagery of Nieto’s dynamic style is the essence of his art through which he seeks to evoke a reaction or response from the viewer. His art is a synthesis of his philosophy and his technical versatility, a powerful expression of pride and vitality.

After participating in an exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Nieto 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 was then included in the presidential library.

Nieto’s distinctive style, combination of subject matter, bold comparisons, and searing color is instantly recognizable. He has produced bronze sculptures, etchings, lithographs, and silkscreen prints, in addition to drawings in pastel crayons and charcoal. The past several years, however, have been devoted almost exclusively to painting.

In 1981, John participated by invitation in the Salon d’Autumn at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. In 1989, he mounted a solo show at the Axis Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Each summer, he has an annual exhibition in Santa Fe, NM at Ventana Fine Art, and, each January, he holds a solo show in Palm Springs, CA, at Adagio Galleries.

Nieto lives in New Mexico.


Born in Denver, CO
BA from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
United States Embassy and the United States International Communications Agency, Barbados
Art in Embassy program, Luxembourg Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Art in Embassy Program, La Paz, Bolivia
Art in Embassy Program, American Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
Art in Embassy Program, Lima, Peru
Art in Embassy Program, Caracas, Venezuela
Art in Embassy Program, Manama, Bahrain
Art in Embassy Program, Bangkok, Thailand
Art in Embassy Program, Jakarta, Indonesia


One person exhibitions, Ventana Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
All Artists Show, Ventana Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
Group exhibitions, Alburquerque Museum Alburquerque, NM
Retrospective solo show, Salt Lake City Museum Salt Lake City, Utah
One person show, Axis Gallery Tokyo, Japan
One man show, Wheelwright Museum Santa Fe, NM
Art of the Native American, Owensboro Museum of Fine Art Kentucky
One man show, Governor's Gallery Santa Fe, NM
American Indian Contemporary Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, DC
Night of the First Americans, JFK Center for the Performing Arts Washington, DC
Group Invitational, Grand Palais Paris, France

Public Collections

New Mexico Museum of Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
Permanent collection, Marine Corp Museum Washington, DC
The Heard Museum Phoenix, AZ
Capital Art Foundation Santa Fe, NM