Nancy Nieves in her studio, 2012
I have devoted my life to my work, studying the Masters, the Impressionists, the Post Impressionists the Cubists, the Surrealists and then the Abstract Expressionists. So many artists and art movements have made me the artist I am today.
My paintings are very personal, and they range from small (11" x 14") to oversize (109" x 75"). They are bold, and filled with energy and color. I create movement through my compositions. The paintings are painted on stretched canvas with acrylics. The Artist Statement page on this site will explain the soul searching and spiritual abstract creations.
Clients interested in seeing the work may visit my studio by appointment. A price list is available in PDF form at the end of the Paintings page and Drawings and Prints page.
I was born and raised in New York City. My parents were born in Puerto Rico. They moved to New York in the late fifties, settling on the upper West Side. A few years later I was born on the Eastside, at the Metropolitan Hospital. I started drawing and painting when I was three years old.
Growing up, I was exposed to many museums throughout New York City. The Piano Lesson by Matisse and Guernica by Picasso were two of my favorite paintings to see at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1981 Guernica was returned to Spain, at the Prado Museum of Art in Madrid, where I was lucky to see it on its home soil. Today it is housed by the Reina Sofia Museum, only a couple of blocks away.
I was also exposed to some very strong and famous artists, one being Louise Nevelson. Our art class in junior high school arranged for a bus to go see and hear her lecture at City College New York. I was able to meet her in person. I shook her hand and asked her a couple of questions. She was kind and patient with me. She was an incredible woman and artist, and I am still inspired by her.
When I was in high school, I decided to study the cubist painters, Braque and Picasso. I had a wonderful teacher who was very open to my experimenting, Matthew Feinman. He taught at my high school, The High School of Music and Art on 137th street and Convent Ave. I started abstracting a realistic still-life painting we were doing in class. He liked what I was doing and he told me to keep going. I did and haven't stopped since. I had so much fun abstracting and the process of my work became very important.
I was also fortunate to be able to attend Parsons School of Design on a full scholarship, receiving my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree there. During my time at Parsons, I was able to study with Elisabeth Murray, Larry Rivers, Joel Shapiro, Eunice Lipton and other prominent artists.
Parsons had an exchange program with Winchester School of Art in Winchester, England, and I was grateful to be able to study there for six months. The experience was enlightening. When the semester ended I traveled throughout Europe for two months, also a memorable experience.
After receiving my B.F.A. from Parsons I attended Hunter College, and received my Masters of Fine Arts degree there in 1985. It was at Hunter that I was able to study with Alice Aycock, Susan Peterson, John Mason and Rosalind Krauss. Their guidance and inspiration informs my work to this day.
Today I live in one of Charlotte's suburbs in North Carolina. It is lovely here. The fresh air, the mountains, the light and the people are great. I do miss Manhattan, but the peace and quiet here helps with creating my landscapes. The central location allows me to visit the museums and galleries in New York, Washington DC and Chicago with ease, and I visit them as frequently as possible.
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