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Beauty Queen, 2010, Digital art, 11″ x 16′. Private Collection.

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. From 2007 to 2012, Nieves was co-founder of Trance Líquido, a contemporary arts platform in Puerto Rico. With Trance Líquido and numerous contributions to a variety of arts publications, Nieves is part of an independent arts movement in Puerto Rico that democratized documentation and discourse of contemporary Latinx art. Nieves is co-founder of Resistance Is Power Studios, alongside a group of other prolific artists in Santurce, Puerto Rico. 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.