“Who is Rudolph Carl Gorman?”
A passing glimpse into his life reveals an interesting person who lived an unconventional life. But the profound answer for this idiosyncratic character is intriguingly complex.
“Which Gorman we are referring to?”
A child born into poverty. A young man trying to survive in a prejudiced society. A struggling artist who, against insurmountable odds, separated himself from the pack. A creator of one-of-a-kind art to inspire generations of artists. A benevolent visionary or the one who, at the end, sank into wealth and alcohol. Enduring thousands of hours of research about a person that I have never met, I came to believe that he carefully cultivated his bigger-than-life persona. While it is a true expression that he enjoyed the journey of his success by celebrating life to the fullest, it reveals only one side of the man; a fraction of what he feels and thinks. Perhaps the good times were a reward for dealing with the challenging times; the extent of joyfulness responsible for the beauty of his work and its vast popularity.
“Who is R.C. Gorman?”
He is a Native American who wanted to live the American Dream. The poor kid from the reservation who wanted a better life, to supersede the temporary darkness with the bright lights. He succeeded, in fact, he did it in a white man’s world. He did it with unwavering determination, consistent vision and of course, his immense talent. Nevertheless, as a newborn child, he wasn’t expected to leave the hospital alive. The world would not know about R.C. Gorman if wasn’t for the unusual nourishment of his great grandmother that kept him alive.
About the Author
Award winning author, Nikos Ligidakis, writes with clarity and passion in an ardent voice, not to just recount adventures, but with an expression of feelings, to encourage the reader to think, to find hope in the eternal struggle for the meaning of life and the awareness of harmony.
In his award winning book, The Last Mission, Ligidakis introduces a hero in a fascinated story of survival during World War II. This incredible story narrates this hero’s freedom run of hundreds of miles in an enemy territory full of danger, exhaustion, starvation, and death.
His culinary books, 5024 E. McDowell, A Man’s Journey Into Culinary Exploration and My Private Collection of Pieces of Art, Dessert Recipes Of A Master, Ligidakis demonstrates his priceless culinary knowledge, gained during his days as a celebrated chef.
Power and Defiance, The Human Struggle for Social Justice, is the book Ligidakis calls, “The work of my lifetime.” It is a labor of love, a nearly eight hundred page saga about the integrity of individual freedom and the intense struggle for social justice. Such deep matters require not only the profound thoughts in writing but also the equal reflective thoughts in the reading.
His latest book, The Extraordinary Life of Bill O’Brien, An Ordinary Arizona Irish Cowboy, is an inspirational story of adventure, excitement, achievement, the importance of character and how an “Ordinary Arizona Irish Cowboy” overcame obstacles and challenges to achieve success in unique and creative ways. An entertaining and compelling narrative about one of Arizona’s most fascinated characters.
The Power of His Brush, The Evolution of R.C. Gorman, is Ligidakis’ ninth book.