Sculptor Nora Pineda creates stunning stoneware pieces that could have sprung naturally from the sands of the artist's native California. Pineda depicts animals and people as undulating shapes comprising curves that would not look out of place either in an Art Nouveau painting or a Surrealist drawing. Her pieces luxuriate in roundness: every surface curves away from the viewer, seemingly to stretch on forever just out of view.
Pineda often uses fiery oranges and warm brown tones, referencing everything from sandstone to volcanic rock. However, her pieces serve to expand the definition of "earth tones" to include deep purples, vivacious blues, and even a hint of iridescence, all without losing their rich character. She simplifies all her compositions, so that limbs get sucked back into the body, details become pared down into simple surface texture, and only the boldest curves of the body remain.
Pineda was born in Bakersfield, California and counts both Southwestern art and her Mexican heritage as major influences in her work. She is also a massage therapist, spiritual counselor, and healing energy worker.