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Nelson De La Nuez

Nelson De La Nuez Biography


Nelson De La Nuez is one of the most sought-after contemporary Pop artists practicing today. His striking, vivid mixed media artwork borrows motifs and messages from the language of wealth, power, fame, excess, taste, and access to cast a narrative about modern society. Known to many as The King of Pop Art®, De La Nuez is an innate iconoclast, elevating themes from commerce, pop culture, advertising, and branding to provide commentary on our culture – showing us that the entire world is for sale –in a manner that is both ironic and aspirational.

Included in the “Who’s Who List of the Most Collected Artists of Our Time”, De La Nuez was born in Cuba and moved as a child to California, where he was initially introduced to many of the iconic images that he uses in his art to this day. His ability to experience these important cultural touchpoints at such a young age with a purely fresh perspective allows him a distinctive point of view – one that is both critical and embracing, sardonic and sentimental – that lends his work an air of accessibility and curiosity, and has led to his significant popularity.

Demonstrating that art can be both humorous and intellectual, he first gained recognition in the 1980’s for his unique Pop Art style, using familiar imagery from popular board games, as well as newspaper articles, vintage advertisements, and other visual references that spoke about upward mobility to an emerging luxury audience.

“My artwork is a reflection of who I am today as a result of every event that has taken place in my life, every person I have met and everything I have processed through my senses up until this point in time,” explains De La Nuez.

Always evolving, he is a master at embedding deeper meaning into familiar visual references, updating his themes to reflect the culture of society today, while maintaining the respect and integrity of the references from which he borrows. Over the course of his career, his voice has continued to evolve to provide subtle commentary on the trappings of fame and luxury in a way that continues to feel relevant today.

De La Nuez was selected by Warner Bros. as an official artist to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the film, The Wizard of Oz, and was commissioned to create a series of original art work to celebrate the iconic film. He has collaborated with a number of prestigious brands to integrate his artistic vision into various product collections including a current series of timepieces by Swiss watch manufacturer Corum. His branded home, fashion and lifestyle products have sold through luxury retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Nordstrom.

De La Nuez’s work hangs alongside the world’s most valuable artists in some of the most prestigious galleries around the globe, is exhibited regularly at top-tier art shows including Art Basel Miami, Art Central Hong Kong, Context and Art Market Hamptons, and is part of numerous private collections. Original De La Nuez pieces hang in Delta airline’s private collection in Delta One’s VIP and SkyClub airport lounges throughout the country. He has been commissioned by numerous high-profile brands to create bespoke installations including Hermes and Kim Kardashian’s ShoeDazzle, and has earned a long list of celebrity admirers, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Warren, Howie Mandel, Kaley Cuoco, and Kelly Clarkson.

De La Nuez resides in Los Angeles.

CV / Selected Exhibitions Listed only

2019 Pop Art Then & Now; Featured Artist, DTR Modern Gallery, Boston MA
Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Australia
Hamptons Market Art & Design, The Bridgehampton Museum
Art Aspen, Lurie Fine Art, Aspen CO
Hong Kong Art Fair, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Convention Center
Delta SkyClub VIP Lounge: Delta’s Permanent Private Collection; newest airport: Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson International, Terminal T (Already installed in: JFK, LAX)
New York Art Fair, NY, NY, Evan Lurie Gallery
LA Modern & Contemporary Art Show, LA CA
Take the Money & Run De La Nuez, Artplex Gallery, LA, CA
2018 Art Market Hamptons, Market Art & Design, The Bridgehampton Museum
Baselworld, Basel, Switzerland
Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House, Palm Beach FL, House Beautiful Magazine Featured Art
Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Miami Art Basel; Context, Miami Beach, FL
Luxury Pop; De La Nuez Solo Show, Taylor Daine Goulet Gallery, Aspen, CO
LA Modern & Contemporary Art Show, LA CA
2017 Corum Bubble Watch; De La Nuez Bubble Collection, Launch During
Miami Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Made in America Solo Show, Caesar’s Palace, SKYE Art Gallery, Las Vegas
Pop Masters DTR Gallery Boston, MA
The King of Pop Art: The De La Nuez Collections, Gallery 1949, Aspen, CO
Ritz Carlton Georgetown, Washington D.C., Lobby & sitting areas, DTR Modern Gallery
Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
Art Boca, Boca Raton FL
De La Nuez Icons, Pop and HBO, Blink Digital Studios/HBO, Burbank
LA Modern & Contemporary Art Show, LA, CA
2016 De La Nuez Pop Icons, Caesar’s Palace, SKYE Art Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
Miami Beach Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Pop Classics, Galerie Fluegel-Roncak, Nuremberg, Germany
Art Hamptons, International Fine Art Fair, Bridgehampton, NY
Palm Beach Pop, DTR Gallery, Worth Ave, Palm Beach FL
Celebrating The King of Pop Art® & his Collections, Permanent Installation
At Bagatelle Club / Restaurant, The One Group/STK; Sponsored by Moet and Toast vodka
Art of Fashion Neiman Marcus, Solo installation of paintings in Designer Shoe Dept,
Sponsored by Moet champagne
SCOPE Art Show, New York
2015 Delta One & SkyClub VIP Lounges: Delta’s Permanent Private Collection at LAX, JFK Airport
Art Fair Singapore, Singapore
The Art of Pop and Comics, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Florida
De La Nuez Uncensored Bagatelle Club/Restaurant, The One Group/STK
Miami Beach Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Wizard of Oz by Nelson De La Nuez, Miami Children’s Museum
Backstage at the Geffen Exclusive VIP Gala Featuring Nelson De La Nuez
Pop Art- Honoring Sir Elton John and George Lucas, Westwood, CA
Art Southampton International Contemporary Art Fair, Southampton, NY
Houston Fine Art Fair, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Houston, TX
Toronto Love Art Fine Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL

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CV / Selected Exhibitions Listed only

Nelson De La Nuez Oz Collections, NY Plaza Hotel, NY Fashion Week
Backstage at the Geffen Exclusive VIP Gala Featuring Nelson De La Nuez
Pop Art- Honoring Steve Martin & Walt Disney Chairman Alan Horn, Westwood, CA
Miami Beach Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
Pop Americana, Cartoon Network Studios, Burbank, CA
De La Nuez Pop Art Originals, Shows & Auctions, Princess Galleries, International
Inspirations of Oz/ De La Nuez Originals, Fashion Institute of Design &
Merchandising-Museums & Galleries, Los Angeles, CA
Inspirations of Oz, Warner Bros 70th Anniversary Artist-Wizard of Oz film, Tavern on the
Green, Emerald Gala, NY