Lilliam Nieves

Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Lilliam Nieves

Lilliam Nieves, a Puerto Rican woman with medium light skin and long, dark curly hair looks with a direct gaze and wears oversize beige cat-eye glasses.

Lilliam Nieves is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nieves has received numerous international residencies and recognitions for her mixed media, installation, and performance art. This includes being a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA. Nieves uses a variety of materials to manifest her investigation of the connections between women’s bodies and capitalism. Her work centers body justice and questions stereotypes of beauty and femininity by creating and documenting beauty rituals of excessive and incomprehensible nature. Nieves has a Master of Fine Arts in New Media from Donau-Universität Krems, in association with Transart Institute (Austria / Berlin / New York), and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, with a concentration in Art Education.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2024

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In my artwork, I look for a dialogue between the discursivity of what society and media normalize as beautiful and the other, which is the oppressive face of the physical and emotional burden that we as women have to endure.”