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Sunday, March 31, 2013

An Artist Rises

As many of you might already kind of know, I am a bit of a social activist. But, not everyone is privy to the information that I am also an artist. Writing has allowed me to exercise some of the creative energy that I have been storing away since becoming involved in other efforts. There was a few things that I felt compelled, almost obligated, to tackle first. Such as, writing about things that are not being reflected in society or our American culture that I strongly felt should be. The biggest example being, the importance of utilizing science to help us to better determine our policies and decisions for the future. Not just for Native Americans, but for all people and all circles of life. However, there are some things, like emotions and experiences, that cannot quite be put into words to adequately encapsulate a situation in its' entirety. This is where art can be of great assistance.     

"I have worked with various types of mediums; including acrylic, ink, and charcoal. I have even done some things with ceramics such as sculpting pinch pots out of red clay. I was born on the Fort Apache reservation located in Whiteriver, Arizona. So, I seek to display the perspective of Native culture that rarely gets reflected in our American society to spread awareness and inject Native Americans into the discussions about society and our policies. I pretty much have been drawing my whole life, mostly with pen and pencil. But, as of recently, I have found my voice and style through exploring and familiarizing myself with the world of graffiti and other forms of street art. Now, I only work with spray paint. Some of my biggest influences are Andy Warhol, Ai Wei Wei, and of course Banksy. I do not posses much formal art education, however, I do share similar motivations that I can identify with in these artists' work. At some point, I no longer made art just for the sake of making it. Plenty of artists can draw, but not everyone has something to say. I felt that the meaning needed to be established with a purpose. If art is to be a reflection of life then it should have meaning beyond what the eye see's" (Nez 2013).

Like reading the written out work that gets displayed in mathematics, you can journey along with me in the quest to finding a sense of style by taking in the entire body of work that I have done so far.  

Also, if anyone is interested, prints and originals are available through my online gallery featured on Artist Rising. Frames and boarders can be added and previewed as well. More pictures will be added and available soon!  

Nez, Noah. 2013. Red Geronimo. Can be accessed at:

Nez, Noah. 2013. Artist Rising. Can be accessed at:

1 comment:

  1. Nice. I dabble in abstract expressionism. I've also modeled for a figure-drawing class before. Haven't webified anything though.