Nicholas Cueva

Born in Dana Point, California, Nicholas Cueva worked as an artist in the central coast before going to Chicago for more academic training, eventually leading him to his current practice in Brooklyn, New York, where his diverse and interrelated bodies of work have found a home.

Exhibition Record


2015 “Cultural Packet” This Friday or Next Friday, Brooklyn, NY

2015 “Persona Non-Grotto” Dreamboat, Chicago IL

2015 “Untittled”, MPSTN, Chicago, IL

2015 “Friday the 13th Edition”, LRS, Brooklyn, NY

2011 “Legend and Map for Items: 120A, 121A, 121B, 132A” Autumn Space, Chicago, IL

2010 "Natural Section", Manifest Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

2016 “Fort” Ess Ef Eff, Brooklyn, NY

2015 “Fresh Catch” Fastnet, Brooklyn, NY

2015 “Into the woods” Warren-Morris, New York, NY

2015 “Underdonk and friends”, Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY

2015 “Tread” Ess Ef Eff, Brooklyn, NY

2015 “Balustrade”, Public Address, Brooklyn, NY

2015 “Slo Jams”, Brooklyn, NY

2014 “MAS Art”, Torrence Museum of Art, Torrence, CA

2014 “Erdos Bacon”, BFP, Brooklyn, NY

2014 “WHBII”, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL

2013 “A Long Line”, PEREGRINE PROGRAM, Chicago, IL

2013 “Get off the Lawn”, Parade Ground, Manhattan, NY

2013 “Black and White”, Parade Ground, Manhattan, NY

2012 “LIVE FREE AND DIE”, Parade Ground, Manhattan, NY

2012 “Taste”, Small Black Door, Brooklyn, NY,

2011 “Gaylen Gerber”, Renwick Gallery, New York, NY.

2011 “WISHYOUWEREHERE” Adds Donna, Chicago, IL

2011 “Faux Cult”, No Globe, Brooklyn, NY.

2011 “Instruction Sets”, Autumn Space, Chicago, IL.

2011 MFA Thesis Show “Rout”, Sullivan Center, SAIC, Chicago, IL.

2011 “40 Hours”, Autumn Space, Chicago, IL.

2010 “You're not making art”, Zrobili, Chicago, IL.

2010 “Get Your Fix”, Zrobili, Chicago, IL.

2010 “Fest Fest”, Julius Caesar, Chicago, IL



M.F.A. 2011 Painting/Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.F.A 2008 Studio Art from California Polytechnic State University, SLO

2008-2011 School of the Art Institute of Chicago Grant

Featured writing:
Ocampo, “Art Crush: Issue 4, ‘Nicholas Cueva’, November 13
Composite #4 Doppelganger, Composite Arts Magazine, Summer 2011
“Orchids 1-147”, Healthy MGMT, 2011
Tremblay, “Artist Spotlight: Nicholas Cueva”, April 2011, Curatorial Fellow Interviews
Wyche, "An Adaptation of Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory to the Public Exhibition Nick Cueva: Natural Section", December 2010
Camplin, "Nicholas Cueva" June 2010

Underdonk, Independent Curatorial Space 2012-2016, Co-Owner, Ridgewood, NY
Zrobili, Independent art space and school 2009-2016, Owner/Curator, Chicago, IL and Brooklyn NY
MURDERTOWN, Independent art space and school 2011 Owner/Co-curator, Chicago, IL
TMWK: Teamwork, Artist collective 2002-2006

Studio Manager for Bjarne Melgaard 2011-current
Assistant for Joe Scanlan 2012
Assistant for Sverre Burtness 2012-2013