Warren Nieto lives in the Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo with his grandmother, who helped raise him. Simple and tidy on the outside and wall to wall with neighbors on either side, it is a sumptuous home, due to the collection of many fine artworks from various Native American artists that Warren has traded with over the past 10 years.
His studio is at the rear of the adobe home and is a testament to an artist who is completely prepared to produce artwork with everything at hand, in its place, ready to go at a second’s notice. All of this is conducive for an artist who is prolific and precise.
The traditions of the Kewa People go back to the time of the ancient Puebloeans—Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, The Cliff Dwellers of The Four Corners, Pueblo Bonito, and further back to ancestors that perhaps only the Kewa themselves are sure about. For centuries, however, it is understood that some of the greatest early jewelry makers were located here, at the center of turquoise mining and trade routes that led to Mexico, the Pacific Coast, and North to the Colorado region. Exceptional jewelry making is in the genes of the Kewa people, whether or not they chose to answer the call. Warren has.
Warren works in the most traditional styles of the Kewa jewelers—heishi beads and inlaid shell, both of which are used for necklaces and earrings. However, he is also contemporary with his works, taking new approaches to the concept of slab and mosaic styles. Warren is young artist who shows great promise and creativity. A traditional young man of a very traditional people, the gallery feels fortunate to be able to showcase his works.