John Nieto's work concentrates on themes that transcend mere representation. He utilizes intense primary colors, which are applied in bold strokes giving dimension and
character to the subject he is painting. Sensitivity and respect for his subjects are projected in all of Nieto's art. "I still use the figure, but it is not necessarily
Nieto's distinctive style - a combination of subject matter, bold juxtapositions and searing color is instantly recognizable. His work is prized by collectors throughout
the United States, Europe and Japan. He has produced bronze sculptures, etchings, lithographs and silkscreen prints, in addition to drawings in pastel crayons and charcoal.
Nieto's personal theory is that "art is not a technical representation, but a communication of feelings, emotions, values, and culture."
"I employ a subject matter that is familiar and express it in an unconventional manner." he explains.
Nieto's subjects are solitary figures that are determined, proud and imbued with a sense of monumentality. In the company of revered American artist like Warhol and Liechtenstein, Nieto was commissioned by the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games Organizing Committee to create the "Olympic Power" Suite. Comprised of three pieces, the subjects - a bear,
a coyote and a hare(each animal indigenous to the Southwest) - represent the three Greek words that have been the historic motto of the Olympics. Citius, Altius and Fortius
- Swifter, Higher, and Stronger.
In the 80's, John met President Reagan in the Oval office of the White House and presented him with his painting. "Delegate to the White House." The painting was giving in
appreciation for President and Mrs. Reagan's honorary patronage of "The Night og the First Americans," a benefit performance held at the John F. Kennedy Center for
Performing Arts. The painting hung in washington for the duration of the president's term of office and is now included in the Ronald Reagan Library in California.
A book about Nieto and his art has been published in Japan in both English and Japanese, and his second book, published by Marco Fine Arts Contemporary Atelier, was
released in conjunction with his ten year retrospective show at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah. It includes six removable signed and numbered
serigraphs, Smyth bound with an embossed leather cover.