This book documents the incredible story of renowned sculptor Michael Naranjo, who pursued his dream of becoming a sculptor after he was blinded by a grenade explosion while serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Tracing his career as an artist, Naranjo’s book shares personal vignettes and his complete collection of limited edition bronzes created between 1970-2010. Naranjo’s story is one of courage and resilience, faithfully documented in this extraordinary book.
- Author: Michael Naranjo, Editor: Laurie Naranjo
- Hardcover 160 pages
- Publisher: Two Little Girls Publishing, March 9, 2012
- ISBN: 0615547958
- Book measures 12.7 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches
- With an essay by Ellen Landis, Curator Emerita, The Albuquerque Museum. Introduction by gallery owner Nedra Matteucci. Forward by U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Afterword by Shelley Sturman, Head of Object Conservation, National Gallery of Art.
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Internationally renowned sculptor Michael Naranjo grew up in Santa Clara Pueblo and Taos surround by artists. He helped his mother, a potter, prepare her clay and dreamed of becoming an artist. While serving in the U.S. army in Vietnam, he was permanently blinded. Despite his injuries, he found the inner strength to pursue his dream of becoming a sculptor. For more than four decades, Naranjo has created incredible clay figures, which he casts in bronze. Naranjo's work has been shown in prestigious galleries across the U.S. and he has received many awards, including Best in Division at the Santa Fe Indian Market, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and the Presidential Unsung Hero award from the LIFE Foundation. In addition to his work as an artist, Naranjo has helped create hands-on museum experiences for disabled persons in many museums, including the Heard Museum in Phoenix and Indianapolis's Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art.
Award-winning sculptor Michael Naranjo has been inspired by his unique heritage and life experience to create bronze sculptures that tell a stylized narrative of his life. His inner vision and artistic ability shine through in works that are marked by their graceful lines and sense of movement.
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