High Riders, Saints and Death Cars

High Riders, Saints and Death Cars

A Life Saved by Art

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
The folk artist describes his life and how he left his wild life behind after surviving a near-fatal car accident to follow in his family's footsteps to create paintings and sculptures of saints and scenes from the Bible with a modern-day interpretation.

Perseus Publishing
Nicholas Herrera started life as a mischievous, dyslexic boy, born into one of the old Spanish families of New Mexico. Bad teachers and poor schooling helped him to lose himself in drugs, drinking, riding motorcycles and driving fast cars. A near-death experience, a wonderful mother and a fascination with making art saved him. Today Nicholas Herrera is one of the most noted Santeros in the US. His work is displayed in folk-art galleries across the country and is collected by the Smithsonian. He is noted for the highly personal, political nature of his work and his innovative treatment of what can sometimes be a rather bland art form designed to sell to tourists. His work is intensely personal and even confessional. A survivor of alcoholism and drug addiction, which almost led to his death in a terrible car crash, Herrera is now sober and remarkably productive. His art is his life and his life is his art. Extraordinarily charismatic, Herrera is the grandson, nephew and son of artists. His young daughter is now following in his footsteps.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2011
ISBN: 9780888998545
Branch Call Number: 92 H4338h 2011 CHILD
Characteristics: 55 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. ; 30 cm
Additional Contributors: Denne, John Thomas 1961-
Amado, Elisa


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