Bob Nonnemacher was born in the small town of New Ulm in south central Minnesota. The quaint atmosphere of Main Street USA suited is introspective demeanor and the bucolic landscape dotted with family farms gave him impeccable roots. These influences would later become wholly evident in all of his art and creative expression.
Currently, through his exquisite iconic portraiture of Native Americans, Bob is exploring the history and spirituality of both himself and the rich indigenous cultures of America. Color dominates his portraits because Native Americans are more than sepia-toned images engraved in our social consciousness from inaccurate, misleading schoolbooks and exaggerated caricatures from early television.
Bob's abstract canvases are designed using bold lines and geometric shapes. In painting both sides of the canvas he uses two contrasting techniques. He then cuts the canvas apart, laying the two techniques side-by-side. This creates an optical energy in the final image. This fusing of bold lines and formative technique first divides the canvas in the most basic of ways, asking the viewer to explore inch by inch.
After earning a Bachelor's degree in Art at Winona State University, Bob began a thriving career in publishing as a designer, art coordinator, art buyer, illustrator and project manager that would span 30 years. He worked for several world-renowned publishing houses specializing in children's textbooks.
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