Son and grandson of noted potters, Lorenzo and Juanita Gonzales, respectively, John is representative of a new generation of Indian artists.
He and his family were relocated to the Midwest, in the mid-1950’s, by government decree. John assimilated enough to graduate from Stanford University, and then go on to a graduate degree from MIT, but became a champion of Indian affairs.
He was the youngest person ever elected to head the National Congress of American Indians, served as a consultant to the Department of the Interior, and has held office in the Southwest Association of Indian Art, which is responsible for the Santa Fe Indian Market.
He also returned to his family’s roots, returned also to pottery, and has been awarded numerous prizes for his artistry. He has developed a very personal style that is traditional, yet has a contemporary feel. It is characterized by amazingly precise sgrafitto work.