Raul de Nieves, The Musical Brain (2021), The High Line NYC

Raúl De Nieves
Spotlight Artist in Residence
Fall 2021


Raúl de Nieves is a multimedia artist, performer and musician whose wide-ranging practice investigates notions of beauty and transformation. De Nieves is known for his exuberant modes of self-expression that combine artisanal craftwork traditions learned during his childhood in Mexico and the queer, outsider traditions of artmaking absorbed while living in San Francisco. His work is often animated by the symbolic and performative languages associated with Catholic, Mexican and esoteric mythologies. Recent solo exhibitions include ICA Boston and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. Group shows include K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Swiss Institute, New York; New Orleans Museum of Art Museum of Art and Design, New York; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; the 2017 Whitney Biennial; and MoMA PS1’s 2015 Greater New York. De Nieves has performed at Documenta 14, Performa 13, MoMA PS1, ICA Philadelphia, The Watermill Center, The Kitchen and Artist’s Space, amongst others.


Raúl de Nieves was in residence at UC Davis from October 10 to October 20, 2021. During his time on campus, de Nieves conducted graduate student critiques, gave a public lecture and workshoped a collaborative performance with students.


De Nieves will give a public lecture on Thursday, October 14 at 4:30pm at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art. Visit our News page or click here for more information.


Photographs will be available at the conclusion of the residency.