Nizhonniya Austin is a musician and painter born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She studied studio arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives and paints in Santa Fe.
“My painting style is almost completely unguided and unplanned; I do not use sketch books or drawings. Instead, I allow myself to be guided moment to moment – solving each ‘mistake’ as I go along. With my paintings, I am not only challenging the freedom I have within myself, but I am also challenging the ethereal relationship between artist and surface.”