About John Alan Nyberg grew up on the Slash Seven Ranch at Lapoint in Utah’s Uintah Basin. He displayed an early aptitude for drawing and from the time he could hold a pencil or brush, no blank white space was safe from his creative urges. He studied painting and drawing with Eve Thorpe as his mentor and received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Utah State University at Logan, Utah in visual art. Additional training was taken at the San Francisco Art Academy and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He has taken work shops or classes from the internationally known and respected Bay artists Joan Brown, Wayne Thiebaud and Joseph Raffael.
Before painting full time, Nyberg worked at many jobs; ranch hand, cowboy, sawmill hand, sign painter, industrial painter, combat engineer, illustrator, casino worker, secondary art teacher, visual art curriculum specialist, university and college instructor and gallery director. For over three decades he was one of the Mountain West’s premier modernist-experimenters. Nyberg was one of the first area artists to work with mixed-media assemblages, photo copy art, and mail art. His work has been exhibited in many competitions in several states and several countries. The paintings and prints have won several local, national and international awards. The work is in numerous private and public collections world wide. He has taken part in over one hundred group exhibits and several one and two person exhibits.