1964, Durango, Bizcay, Spain
“Julio Nieto, a self-proclaimed multifaceted artist, breaks the mould of academic formalism, making a statement of principles and, with resolute irony, challenges the arbitrariness and conventionalism of systematic art. The style of his exterior and interior pieces as well as his forged sculptures conjures a spirit of discovery and magical enlightenment that deliberately impregnates the materials with an air of the theatrical. The spaces in which the pieces stand only serve to add dramatic quality. Iron or bronze, forged or sculpted, miniature or life size, the artist deftly evokes suggestion, invitation and discovery.” — Carlos Brito
The artist, born in the Basque Country and now a resident of Tenerife, has shown his work at numerous galleries and art fairs in Europe and the USA and his large-scale works have been displayed in public squares in a number of cities. In 2009, Nieto won the Puerto de la Cruz Honorary Distinction and his work was chosen to represent the Canary Islands at Expo 2008 in Zaragoza. He has also received various art and design awards from the Government of the Canary Islands.