Michael Naranjo was born to be an artist. As a Santa Clara Pueblo native Naranjo was nurtured by a climate of beauty and culture to create dimensional art forms. His future, however, seemed to come to an end after he was drafted to fight in Vietnam and a grenade destroyed much of his right hand and his sight. Yet an artist who no longer sees, and whose hands are crippled, has somehow managed to create wondrous art forms; Naranjo’s works are now included in the collections of The Vatican, the White House, the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, and the Albuquerque Museum. How has he managed to do this? Obviously Michael Naranjo is someone of extraordinary strength, talent, and determination. And now UNM press has published a beautiful, coffee table book of his work entitled Inner Vision: the sculpture of Michael Naranjo, which shows and tells this story So please join Michael Naranjo and host Stephen Spitz as we learn the details of Naranjo’s inspirational story along with his views on life, art, PTSD, and veterans. Produced with the assistance of Joe Green.
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