|Born in 1950, Nathan Solano burst upon the regional art scene in the late 1980s after a productive career as an illustrator/art director and photographer. His early work, including portraits, sports art and Native American themes, were influenced by East Coast illustrators Robert Heindel and Bernard Fuchs. |
Solano's work is prized in businesses, home and galleries from Miami to Seattle, and is included in the personal collections of several TV and movie personalities. His work was featured on the cover of Taos magazine in August of 1997. He has done commission work for NFL football players, televisions stations, the Air Force Academy and the Seattle Marriott Hotel. His original acrylic of Babe Ruth of the Babe Ruth World Series is now hanging in the Ruth Museum.
Solano participated in numerous combat missions in Vietnam, then returned to Pueblo and the University of Southern Colorado. Despite having no formal art training, he landed a job as a photographer for the Pueblo Chieftain, then moved on to illustrator position with ad agencies in Colorado Springs and the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He was a partner in his own ad agency in Tarpon Springs, Florida, until 1987 when he began to paint full time.
Today, Solano's work continues it's focus on the color and traditions of the Native Americans and the cowboys of the American West. He uses live models for his paintings, or works from his own photographs. The ideas for his compositions often come from attending Native American Pow-wows and rodeos, or his participation in cattle roundups in the high country of Colorado. Many of his Native American models have appeared in movies such as 'Dances with Wolves'. Solano's illustration background allows an additional broad range of subject matter, including still-lifes, nudes and landscapes.
Solano has a studio on a bluff overlooking the Arkansas River in Pueblo, Colorado where he lives with his son, Jarod, and daughter, Ashley.