Raul de Nieves
Raul de Nieves is a large-scale figurative sculptor, narrative painter, ornamental shoe and garment designer, multimedia performance artist, and musician. De Nieves’ sculptural shoes and installations are predominantly comprised of colorful, intricate beadwork and respectively act as prop and stage for his lavish performances. His work marries a fairytale aesthetic with subversive tones of rebellion, resulting in an experience of unearthly decadence.
De Nieves’ performances have been exhibited at The Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, MoMA San Francisco, and Performa.
For Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst, Raul de Nieves presented Celebration, an installation and performance. De Nieves created multicolored beaded and plaster sculptural works for the installation of Celebration. Winged children, representing the different stages of life, hung suspended in the air or gathered around the main alter piece where the bejeweled "Mother" sculpture rested. Awakening from his party tomb, howling spirits arose with de Nieves' unearthly incantations.