Nora Maité Nieves

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Nora Maité Nieves is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the expanded dialogue of painting. Her works are abstracted visual motifs of architectural details exploring themes of identity and belonging. There is an inherent and immediate physicality to Nieves’s work, evidenced by the richly textured and tactile surfaces and edges of her brightly colored canvases, which often include a variety of media, including acrylic, flashe, and modeling paste. Drawing inspiration from architecture encountered both in Puerto Rico and New York City, where the artist resides, Nieves acts as a connector between worlds, combining fragments of decorative elements from her Caribbean roots—a ubiquitous modernist concrete block design, tile floor patterning from a past residences—with those from the urban landscape she now encounters on a daily basis.

Nieves (b. 1980 San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and her BFA from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include: Clouds in the Expanded Field, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (2023) Temples of the Sea, Jason Haam, Seoul, Korea (2022); Deep Blue Day, Pink Bright Night, Embajada Foyer, Brooklyn, NY (2021); Full Room in the Sun Room, Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2019). Recent Two Person exhibitions: Cuerpo, Espacio y Todo lo que Rodea, Nora Maité Nieves and Yoan Sorin, Embajada, San Juan, PR (2021); Electric Hue, Proxyco Gallery, NewYork, NY (2021).

Nora Maité Nieves. Deep Blue Sea, 2022. Acrylic, resin, gold-leaf, pigments, coarse pumice modeling paste, fiber paste, cold wax, and Flashe on canvas, 48.5 x 58.5 x 3 in. Photo documentation by Daniel Terna.