Nelson De La Nuez

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Nelson De La Nuez

 

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.

 

His humor art website can be found at: 
 theMOHA.com (humor art)

 

CV / Selected Exhibitions
2019     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 Gallery
             LA Modern & Contemporary Art Show, LA CA
            Take the Money & Run De La Nuez, Artplex Gallery, LA, CA

2018    Miami Art Basel, Context, FL (12/2018)
            Baselworld, Basel, Switzerland
            Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House, Palm Beach FL, House Beautiful
            Magazine Featured Art
            Art Market Hamptons, Market Art & Design, The Bridgehampton 
            Museum 
            Art Central Hong Kong
            Art Market San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 
            LA Modern & Contemporary Art Show, LA CA
           Pop, Bang; De La Nuez, DTR Modern Palm Beach, FL

2017   Corum Bubble Watch; De La Nuez Bubble Collection, Launch During 
           Miami Art Basel, Miami Beach, Scope, 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
           Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
           Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL 
           Sotheby's 
           Backstage at the Geffen Exclusive VIP Gala Featuring Nelson De La
           Nuez Pop Art- Honoring Mel Brooks & Quincy Jones, Westwood, CA
           Art Boca, Boca Raton FL

           LA Modern & Contemporary Art Show, LA, CA
           De La Nuez Icons, Pop and HBO, Blink Digital Studios/HBO, Burbank 

     

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
           Permanent Installation at Bagatelle Club / Restaurant, The One 
           Group/STK; Sponsored by Moet Champagne and Toast
           vodka Celebrating The King of Pop Art® & his Collections,
          The Art of Fashion;  Neiman Marcus, Artist Special 
           Appearance; Solo installation of paintings in Designer Shoe 
           Dept, Los Angeles, Sponsored by Moet champagne
           SCOPE Art Show, New York

2015    Delta One & SkyClub VIP Lounges: Delta's Permanent Private Collection
            at LAX, JFK & Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta 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
           Miami Beach Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL
           Wizard of Oz originals 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
           Pop Iconoclast: Nelson De La Nuez, SMoCA, 
           Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Scottsdale, AZ 
           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

 

2014-earlier
            Nelson De La Nuez Oz Collections, NY Plaza Hotel, NY Fashion Week, NY
            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,
            Europe, U.K. Australia, Caribbean, U.S.
            Inspirations of Oz/ De La Nuez Originals, Fashion Institute of Design &
            Merchandising-Museums & Galleries, Los Angeles, CA   
            Inspirations of Oz Tavern on the Green, Emerald Gala/Auction, NY

SELECTED ARTICLES / PUBLICATIONS  

2019       C California Style Magazine, Featuring Be Happy
               Original painting 
               Veranda Magazine, "White Hot" Designer Suzanne Kasler Featuring
               De La Nuez artwork 

2018     House Beautiful Magazine, Palm Beach FL, Lisa Erdmann & Associates 
             Design, Material Girl painting featured
             Michael Weare, Luxury Watchuseek, "Corum Bubble Meets the King of 
             Pop Art"
             Charlotte Anfray, Paris Match Magazine, Paris France, Weekly 
            The Watch Quote, "Corum & The King of Pop Art; Between Pop Art and
             Pop Horlogerie"
             World Tempus, "Corum gives free reign to the Pop Art American artist to
             create a Bubble collection reflecting his own style."


2017     Aspen Magazine, Cover Art, Feature, Modern Luxury Publications
             Aspen Gallery Guide, Modern Luxury  Publications
             Collections Magazine, Toronto, Harvey Kalles
             Aspen Peak, Feature, Modern Luxury Publications
             Aspen Insider's Guide 2017, Modern Luxury Publications
             David Jenison, Prohbtd Culture, Nelson De La Nuez Interview: "Nelson
             De La Nuez Talks Cannabis, Vodka & Xanax Cocktails"
             Aspen Sojourner Magazine, Nancy Mayer Publisher

2016     Forrest Cardamenis, Luxury Daily, "Young Affluence and Prolific Artist
             Generate Boom in Aspen"
             Aspen Gallery Guide, Holiday/Winter, Modern Luxury  Publications
             Palm Beach Guide, Cover and Feature 
             Eliza Krpoyan, New York Observer "Michael Jackson's Favorite Artist     
             Pops Moet for his Birthday at Bagatelle" 
             Gina Samarotto, Private Air Luxury Homes Magazines, "It Starts with
             a Thought; the Art Of Nelson De La Nuez"
             Hollywood Reporter, "Art on the Edge"

 2015   Gina Samarotto, Private Air Luxury Homes Magazines, "The King of Pop
             Art"
             YRB Magazine, "Art Clash; Interview with Nelson De La Nuez" 

2014-2011 Gretchen Meier, L.A. Times, "A New King of Pop Art"
                  2luxury2.com, "How to Get a Monumental Luxury Home Interior" 
                  Intl Luxury Lifestyle Magazine 

 

NOTABLE COLLECTIONS 

Delta One VIP Lounge: Permanent Private Collection, LAX, NY; Delta One & Sky Club Lounges: Purchased for their Permanent Private Collection,
Los Angeles, LAX, New York, JFK, Atlanta
Shoedazzle/ Just Fab Headquarters Corporate Private Collection; (Kim Kardashian, Robert Shapiro, Brian Lee) CA; El Segundo, CA 
Ritz Carlton Cancun, Private Collection & Books at resort
The Sarah Jessica Parker Collection, New York
The Diane Warren Collection, Los Angeles, CA
The Michael Jackson Collection, Los Angeles, CA
E! Entertainment (Creator of) corporate Private Collection
Rick & Kathy Hilton Private Collection
Paris Hilton Private Collection
Howie Mandell Private Collection
Howard Stern Private Collection
Burt Reynolds Private Collection
Rob Lowe Private Collection
Carrie Fisher Private Collection
Pam Dawber Private Collection
Jay Leno Private Collection
Ellen Brown, Director of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Private Collection
Nick Swardson Private Collection
Britney Spears Private Collection
Kaley Cuoco Private Collection
Seth McFarlane Private Collection
Ron & Stephanie Fair Private Collection 
David Copperfield Private Collection
Billy Bob Thornton Private Collection 
Monte & Angelina Lipman Private Collection (CEO of Republic Records/Universal Music Group)
Kelly Clarkson Private Collection

 

 

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