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  • Education
  • 2019
  • 2016
  • Current Group Exhibition & Performance
  • Upcoming Solo
  • Upcoming Group, Two Person & Performances
  • Selected Solo
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • Selected Group, Two Person and Performances
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • Selected Publications
  • 2021
  • Selected Bibliography
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019

Nicholas GRAFIA (b. 1990 in Angeles City, Philippines)

  • Lives and works in Germany

Education

2019

  • MA, Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, DE

    2016

  • BA, University of Munster, DE

Current Group Exhibition & Performance

  • Illiberal Arts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, DE
  • Mudam Performance Season: The Illusion of the End, MUDAM - The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg, LU

Upcoming Solo Exhibitions

  • Sponsorship Award for Fine Arts of the City of Düsseldorf 2020, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Bars and Stripes, fiebach minninger, Cologne, DE

Upcoming Group, Two Person Exhibitions & Performances

  • Bob’s Pogo Bar, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
  • Dangerous When Wet, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK
  • Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak, Mountains, Berlin, DE
  • Long Shot, GOLD + BETON, Cologne, DE

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021

  • Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak: WILL, GOLD + BETON, Cologne, DE
  • Free Verse Spirit, Peres Projects, coinciding with Gallery Weekend Berlin, DE
  • Soul Burner, KOENIG2 by_robbygreif, Vienna, AT

2020

  • MVP: Most Valuable Player, Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK

2019

  • I Saw the Devil, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, DK

Selected Group, Two Person Exhibitions and Performances

2021

  • steirischer herbst ‘21: The Way Out (Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak: Situation Report), in and around Graz, AT
  • THE FAIREST: Teaser 01, Blake & Vargas, Berlin, DE
  • Type / Cast / Thrill, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, EE

2020

  • what fruit it bears, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
  • I don’t know whether the Earth is spinning or not, 7th Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, Museum of Moscow, Moscow, RU
  • Returning to the Future, 2020 Biennale Zielona Góra, Zielona Gora, PL
  • On the Politics of Delicacy, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, DE
  • Weak Links of a Strong Chain, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Untitled (Molly House), Exile at “Curated by”, Vienna, AT
  • Protozone: CONTAMINATION/RESILIENCE, Shedhalle, Zurich, CH
  • MILK ME SUGAR, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL
  • In order of appearance, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, DE
  • NAK Digital Benefit Auction 2020, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, DE
  • Queer Queer Casimir, Salon 14 during Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2020, Warsaw, PL
  • IGNITION CYCLE, Montag Modus at Alte Münze, Berlin, DE
  • Who Am I, Mélange, Cologne, DE
  • side by side, fffriedrich, Frankfurt am Main, DE
  • Not Safe for Work, Welfenstrasse 6, Karlsruhe, DE
  • Body Lotion, Zeller van Almsick Gallery, Vienna, AT

2019

  • Prune, Shoot the Lobster, New York City, US
  • HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig Transcorporealities, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
  • The Theatre of Robert Anton, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
  • I Saw the Devil, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, DK
  • Hits Like an Elbow, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, DE
  • DISPLAY. Staging Identities, Kunstverein Dortmund, Dortmund, DE
  • Jahresgaben 2019, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Body Works, State Art Gallery, Sopot, PL
  • In-visible Realness, PS120, Berlin, DE
  • Amitié, Exo Exo at David Giroire, Paris, FR
  • Sexual Intellectual, The Reference, Frankfurt am Main, DE

2018

  • The Accursed Ones, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL
  • Opening: Fremdkörper. Non-Normative Body and Voice Mapping, BOZAR, Brussels, BE

2017

  • Akademie [Arbeitstitel], Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, DE
  • Open Triennial, 8th Young Triennale in Orońsko, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko, PL
  • The Hardest Word, BLASK/BRZASK, Lodz, PL
  • ARTAGON.III – 2017, Akademie Galerie, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Meet me at the Metro Station, Guest Rooms, Amsterdam, NL
  • Videoabend 2017, Galerie Januar, Bochum, DE
  • Sociobath, Im Goldenen, Dusseldorf, DE

Selected Publications

2021

  • Franke, Anselm and Stakemeier, Kerstin (eds.), Illiberal Arts, Berlin: b_books verlag (PolYpeN Series), 2021

Selected Bibliography

2021

  • Grunenberg, Robert, Artist to Watch: Nicholas Grafia, Numéro Berlin, Issue 10, The Sexxx Issue, Spring-Summer 2021
  • Stadel, Stefanie, Wie junge Künstler die Pandemie erleben, Welt, June 9, 2021
  • Pofalla, Boris, Auf der Reise, Spezial: Gallery Weekend, Monopol, May 2021
  • Rieger, Birgit, Tipps zum Gallery Weekend: Kunst durchs Schaufenster, Der Tagesspiegel, April 30, 2021
  • Bukuts, Carina, The Best Show’s to See During This Year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin, Frieze, April 28, 2021
  • Känd, Maria-Helen, Pop-folklore tricksters smashing stereotypes, Arterritory, March 30, 2021
  • Altamura, Francesca, Nicholas Grafia in Conversation with Francesca Altamura, KubaParis, March 26, 2021
  • Superfacesurface/ Malerei in Düsseldorf #4, KubaParis, January 21, 2021

2020

  • Lang, Colin, New Fauves, Spike Art Magazine, #62, Winter 2020
  • Del Prete, Luisa, fffriedrich gallery in Frankfurt: An exhibition in three acts, the ARTicle, September 20, 2020

2019

  • Performance: Mikołaj Sobczak und Nicholas Grafia, Dortmunder Kunstverein, June 14, 2019
  • Fauq, Cédric, PRUNE: Cudelice Brazelton & Nicholas Grafia, Shoot the Lobster, September 14, 2019

Exhibitions

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Artist  Title  Date  Location 
Group ShowRichard Kennedy, Donna Huanca, Ad Minoliti, Paolo Salvador, Shota Nakamura, Nicholas Grafia, Manuel Solano, Rebecca AckroydRichard Kennedy, Donna Huanca, Ad Minoliti, Paolo Salvador, Shota Nakamura, Nicholas Grafia, Manuel Solano, Rebecca Ackroyd Artissima & Artissima XYZ 2021-11-0505/11/2021–
07/11/2021
Turin, ITTurin, IT
Group ShowNicholas Grafia, Donna Huanca, Richard Kennedy, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, George Rouy, Melike Kara, Paolo SalvadorNicholas Grafia, Donna Huanca, Richard Kennedy, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, George Rouy, Melike Kara, Paolo Salvador FIAC 2021-10-2121/10/2021–
24/10/2021
Paris, FRParis, FR
Group ShowAd Minoliti, Donna Huanca, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, Harm Gerdes, Manuel Solano, Rebecca Ackroyd, Richard Kennedy, Pam Evelyn, Dalton Gata, Hermann Nitsch, Melike KaraAd Minoliti, Donna Huanca, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, Harm Gerdes, Manuel Solano, Rebecca Ackroyd, Richard Kennedy, Pam Evelyn, Dalton Gata, Hermann Nitsch, Melike Kara KIAF Art Seoul 2021-10-1414/10/2021–
17/10/2021
Seoul, KRSeoul, KR
Group ShowPaolo Salvador, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Richard Kennedy, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Marc Padeu, Dalton Gata, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Rebecca Ackroyd, Pam Evelyn, Harm Gerdes, George Rouy, Hermann Nitsch, Brent WaddenPaolo Salvador, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Richard Kennedy, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Marc Padeu, Dalton Gata, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Rebecca Ackroyd, Pam Evelyn, Harm Gerdes, George Rouy, Hermann Nitsch, Brent Wadden Art Basel 2021-09-2121/09/2021–
26/09/2021
Basel, CHBasel, CH
Group ShowAd Minoliti, Donna Huanca, Nicholas Grafia, Paolo Salvador, Beth Letain, Shota Nakamura, Rebecca Ackroyd, Manuel SolanoAd Minoliti, Donna Huanca, Nicholas Grafia, Paolo Salvador, Beth Letain, Shota Nakamura, Rebecca Ackroyd, Manuel Solano Art Busan 2021-05-1313/05/2021–
16/05/2021
Busan, KORBusan, KOR
Group ShowDalton Gata, Shuang Li, Nicholas Grafia, George Rouy, Beth LetainDalton Gata, Shuang Li, Nicholas Grafia, George Rouy, Beth Letain Frieze New York OVR 2021-05-0505/05/2021–
09/05/2021
OVROVR
Nicholas GrafiaNicholas Grafia Free Verse Spirit 2021-04-3030/04/2021–
04/06/2021
Peres ProjectsPeres Projects
Group ShowRebecca Ackroyd, Nicholas Grafia, Richard Kennedy, Shota Nakamura, Manuel Solano, Beth LetainRebecca Ackroyd, Nicholas Grafia, Richard Kennedy, Shota Nakamura, Manuel Solano, Beth Letain EXPO CHICAGO ONLINE 2021-04-0808/04/2021–
12/04/2021
Online Viewing RoomOnline Viewing Room
Group ShowRebecca Ackroyd, Shota Nakamura, Nicholas Grafia, Richard Kennedy, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Manuel Solano, Paolo SalvadorRebecca Ackroyd, Shota Nakamura, Nicholas Grafia, Richard Kennedy, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Manuel Solano, Paolo Salvador FIAC OVR 2021-03-0202/03/2021–
07/03/2021
OVROVR
Nicholas Grafia, Dalton GataNicholas Grafia, Dalton Gata what fruit it bears 2020-12-0404/12/2020–
15/01/2021
Peres ProjectsPeres Projects