Nora Maité Nieves (b. 1980 San Juan, Puerto Rico) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is an interdisciplinary artist mostly working in painting and sculpture, who creates abstracted visual motifs of architectural elements. Nieves’ work contains richly textured and tactile surfaces on brightly colored canvases, and often includes a variety of media, like acrylic, flashe, and modeling paste. Drawing inspiration from architecture encountered in both Puerto Rico and New York City, Nieves acts as a connector between worlds, combining fragments of decorative elements from her Caribbean roots with those from urban landscapes she encounters daily.
She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and her BFA from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño de Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2004. Recent solo exhibitions include: 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); Paisaje Lunar, Flyweight Projects, Brooklyn, NY (2019); and Tangible at Hidrante, San Juan, PR (2018). Recent Two Person exhibitions: Cuerpo, Espacio y Todo lo que Rodea, Nora Maité Nieves and Yoan Sorin, Embajada, San Juan, PR (2021); Electric Hue, Nora Maité Nieves and Livia Ortiz, Proxyco Gallery, NewYork, NY (2021). Recent group exhibitions include: Entre Horizontes: Art and Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico, curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2023); Interplay, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York, NY (2023); Unspoken Identities, curated by Abdiel Segarra-Ríos, Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona, Spain (2023); Reimagined Landscapes, Calderón Gallery, New York, NY (2022); Intertwined, curated by Alex Allenchey, 1969 Gallery, New York, NY (2021); Surfacing at Ruiz-Healy Art, New York, NY curated by Carlos Rosales-Silva (2021); Contact Light at Survey Survey, New York, NY (2021); […]ENTREFORMAS, at El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, curated by Abdiel Segarra (2021); Rubus Armeniacus (Himalayan Blackberry) at Jessica’s Apartment Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jessica Kwok (2019); Nada Tropical, Miscelanea Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, curated by Ricardo Cabret and Maximilian Juliá (2019); Repatriation at El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, curated by Bianca Ortiz (2019); and EDDYS Room at Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg, Sweden, curated by Austin Eddy (2018).