I am a second generation sculptor having been trained under my father Frank Niemi (a self taught abstract sculptor and ornamental iron artist). In 1968 at age twelve he taught me how to weld and my love for sculpture began. I received my BFA in sculpture from Northern Illinois University in 1981 and began a slow process of becoming a fulltime sculptor. Through faith sweat and the support of my wife Suzi I went fulltime in 1987. The sculptures I create are characterized by an uplifting positive nature my faith in God the power and beauty of nature and the energy and balance of dance are the driving forces behind my art. Stainless steel and silicon bronze are my primary materials of choice. Craftsmanship structural strength and public safety are integral parts of creating my sculpture. My purpose is to stimulate the mind of the viewer as well as creating a sculpture that complements and has harmony with the environment that it shares.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival: 49
Third Ward Art Festival: 41