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.
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 NuezIcons, 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, TheArt 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
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