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Nicolas Holiber


Nicolas Holiber is a Brooklyn-based artist known for his mixed media paintings and large-scale sculptures. Process and materiality are central to his work, which can be seen as a celebration of form and color. Holiber’s paintings shuffle between abstraction and representation. Taking a sculptural approach to image making, he negotiates between intuitive mark-making and creating recognizable forms. The result of which leaves the viewer with a palpable, tactile sensibility that begs for interpretation.

Born in 1985 in New York, Nicolas grew up in an artistic family and has been making pictures and objects since he was a child. Past awards and honors include public commissions for the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, NYC Parks Department, residencies at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Leipzig International Art Programme among others.



New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Master of Fine Arts, Painting, Cum Laude


University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art



Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space Residency Program, Governors Island, NY


ArtInPlace, Public Sculpture Award, ArtInPlace Foundation, Charlottesville, VA


Eric Fischl Artist-In-Residence Teaching Program, West Nottingham Academy, Colora, MD

2013 – 2012

Postgraduate Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY


Leipzig Artist Residency, Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig, Germany

Vasari Classic Artists’ Oil Colors Prize



Outdoor Gallery, Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, Taibao City, Chiayi County, Taiwan


Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project, Broadway Mall, NYC Parks, New York, NY

Partnering Agencies: Broadway Mall Association, New York City Audubon, NYC Parks.


Vessel Head, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ

Partnering Agency: Bloomfield College


Head of Goliath, NYC Parks, Tribeca Park, New York, NY

Partnering Agency: NYC Parks



Spotlight: Nicolas Holiber, Unit London, Online Exhibition (Forthcoming)


Stolen Idols, Gitler &________, New York, NY


Lost Kings, Gates Gallery, West Nottingham Academy, Colora, MD



Limbo, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Oh To Be A Painting, curated by Katelyn Ledford, Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, Online Exhibition

Drawn Together, Unit London, Online Exhibition

Showhouse Art Call, Showhouse JayJay, Online Exhibition

Keep for Old Memoirs, curated by Kate Mothes and Celine Mo, Young Space, Online Exhibition


Generated Completion, hosted by Dinner.Tn, Bushwick Open Studios, 284 Seigel Street, Brooklyn, NY

Fellows, Past & Present, curated by Joyce Varvatos, 30 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY

Got it for Cheap, The Hole, New York, NY


Mother and Child, curated by Sugarlift for 193 Allen, New York, NY

Phosphorus, Rare Bird Art Space, Brooklyn, NY


Winter In America II, Mom’s Favorite Space, Los Angeles, NY

Open Studios Pop-Up, curated by Sugarlift for 393 NYC New York, NY


ReMix, Galerie C.O.A., Montreal, QC

Air (Elements), Silence Is Accurate, ChaShaMa at XOXO by DDG, New York, NY

An Annual Affair presented by Frontrunner Collective, West Chelsea Arts Building, New York, NY

Serious Fun, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC

Fragmorphia, Foley Gallery, New York, NY


LoMan Arts Fest, New York, NY

Urban Art, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ

The Power of Paint curated by Chicago Culture Couple, Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL

Affordable Art Fair, Sugarlift Gallery, New York, NY

LoMan Arts Fest, New York, NY

Forever After Part 1: You Deserve Better, BACKDROP, Brooklyn, NY

Tom Hanks, 1984-1994, "No Sad Stuff", Gallery1988, Los Angeles, CA

There Will Be Art Here, The Clemente, New York, NY


Shall Not Perish, Window Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Lost Corcosa, Masters Projects, Brooklyn, NY

Art of Fitness, New York Health & Racquet Club, New York, NY

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, New York, NY

Fountain Air Fair, New York, NY

Surplus Candy, 324 East 4th Street, New York, NY

Mythology and Folklore, Big Irv’s, Brooklyn, NY


Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, NY

2013 Fellows Exhibition, Wilkinson Hall, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

Art Southampton presented by Art Miami, New York Academy of Art booth curated by Eric Fischl, Southampton Elks Lodge, Southampton, NY

New York Academy of Art Seventh Annual Summer Exhibition, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY

Flight From Nature: The Abstract as Ideal, National Arts Club, New York, NY

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening, Sotheby’s, New York, NY

Face Face, Mosely Gallery, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

Natural Elements, Artspace 64 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY


LIA Traces, Atrium Messehaus, Leipzig, Germany

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Wilkinson Gallery, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

The End is Nigh, Kraine Gallery, New York, NY

Take Home a Nude, Sotheby’s, New York, NY

Overhang, The Cupping Room, New York, NY


Dead Meat, Tom & Jerry’s, New York, NY

Leipzig Residency Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY

SilentNoise Art Auction, Gallery Bar, New York, NY

Self Portrait as a Monster Truck Vol. 2: The Reckoning, Kleio Projects, New York, NY

LIA – Summer Show, Leipzig International Artist Programme, Leipzig, Germany

Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again, Sloan Fine Art, New York, NY



Artist Presentation, Birds on Broadway, Kingsland Wildflowers Project, Brooklyn, NY


Artist Presentation, New York State Summer School of the Arts, SUNY Fredonia, NY


Lecture/Presentation: Urban and Public Art, Bloomfield College, NJ


Lindwall, Courtney. “Giant Wooden Birds Are Flocking to Broadway.” National Resources Defense Council, 4 August 2019. Web.

Beardsley, Corinne. “Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway.” Frontrunner Magazine, 21 June 2019. Web.

Israel, Alex. “The Bird Bulletin: Artist Nicolas Holiber on Building ‘Birds on Broadway’”. West Side Rag, 16 May 2019. Web.

Wally, Maxine. “Birds of a Feather.” Women’s Wear Daily, 3 July 2018. Web.

Colucci, Emily. “Nicolas Holiber: Striving for Perfectly Imperfect Art.” Frontrunner Magazine, 10 April 2016. Web.

Maidman, Daniel. "Growers and Makers." The Huffington Post, 28 March 2016. Web.

Power, Kim. "Assemblage and Process: Deconstructing the Works of Nicolas Holiber." Arte Fuse, 22 March 2016. Web.

Cascone, Sarah. “Nicolas Holiber’s Colossal Head of Goliath Unveiled in Tribeca Park.” Artnet News, 6 May 2015. Web.

Steinhauer, Jillian. “Do It Yourself and Do It Well at Fountain Art Fair.” Hyperallergic, 7 March 2014. Web.