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Nelson De La Nuez

Nelson De La Nuez

American Contemporary Pop Artist and visual satirist
Nelson De La Nuez
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Intro American Contemporary Pop Artist and visual satirist
Is Painter Satirist Visual artist
From United States of America
Type Arts Creativity Literature
Gender male
Birth 26 February 1959, Havana, Cuba
Age 61 years
Star sign Pisces
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Nelson De La Nuez (born in 1959) in Havana, Cuba, is an American Contemporary Pop Artist and visual satirist.

Early life

Nelson De La Nuez was born on 26 February 1959, in Havana, Cuba. In 1966, when he was seven, he and the family migrated to the Southern California, America. Growing up in America, Nelson grew obsession with TV, cartoons and pop culture and immersed himself in everything American.


In 1980-82, De La Nuez began combining popular culture with parody and satirical humor. This is when he created what became known as Art Juxtaposed.

De La Nuez is the creator and owner of the Museum of Humor Art (the MOHA) which sells all of the artist's humor, parody genre works of art. He is known for developing his unique, trademarked style called, "Art on the Edge," which is creating artwork on all four sides of the canvas. 

Although his style was always defined as pop art, it evolved and took on different elements as he merged with surreal worlds, old time advertising, board games and nostalgia to create his original pop art with the "Art on the Edge." Using his unique juxtaposition of pop culture and surrealism, blended with America’s rich culture and history, De La Nuez created works of art that are now considered timeless. 

He became recognizable in the 80's for his use of iconic games such as Monopoly and newspaper backgrounds as well as luxury items utilizing fun, pop bubbles to emphasize in a tongue in cheek manner the luxury lifestyle. He created and copyrighted these as well as set the trend long before any others who appeared in the art world many years later. His style spoke to the baby boomers and everyone who remembered their childhood toys, music, films, politics and icons and those who lived or aspired to live a jet setting lifestyle.


De La Nuez is known as the "King of Pop Art" ® for his original style of combining pop art and surrealism. He sold several pieces of art to Michael Jackson, on June 11, 2009. De La Nuez delivered the art to Jackson's home on June 15, not long before he died. They were the final three pieces of art to enter into Michael Jackson's vast art collection. On December 2, 2009, De La Nuez delivered the three pieces to Michael Jackson's children that were ordered before his death. 

He opened Pop Land Studios in Los Angeles, CA where he paints and creates. His art is sold online under his trademarked name "King of Pop Art®."

Nelson De La Nuez was the 70th Anniversary artist for the Warner Bros. 1939 film, Wizard of Oz, and created original works of art that toured the world. "Ditching Dorothy," became a limited edition US postage stamp. His Oz originals all sold in auction for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in New York at the Emerald Gala. He is also listed on the Who's Who List of the Most Collected Artists of Our Time.

De La Nuez is an international designer of brands for companies, including ICON leather shoes, purses and accessories with a collection of his pop art on them, high end designer men's shirts, a wallpaper collection for both the retail and hospitality industry by Designer Wallcoverings®. His company sells the luxury brand products separately on the site NelsonDeLaNuez.com Heys Luggage partnered with the artist for four uniquely themed collections that contained four different sized pieces of luggage in each, which sold out at high end department stores worldwide such as Neiman Marcus and Lord and Taylor.

Nelson De La Nuez made an in store appearance for Neiman Marcus, sponsored by 805 Magazine, signing autographs and taking photos with fans while his popular shoe themed art hung in their designer shoe salon. A crowd of paparazzi gathered inside the store.

The ultra exclusive magazine, Private Air Luxury Homes, for wealthy private jet owners and luxury homeowners, featured the artist in the December 2013 issue in an article and glossy layout that revealed his rise to fame in the art world after years of incredibly hard work, and the beginning of his Pop Land Studios.

De La Nuez was a spokesperson for Fredrix Print Canvas; They partner with world renown artists. His art is sold in galleries worldwide. The artist donates artwork to several carefully selected charities that he partners with, especially many animal causes, as well as contributing yearly for the Geffen Playhouse charity auctions for the Backstage at the Geffen Gala event in which he makes an appearance, walking the red carpet and has raised over $500,000 for their charity. The theater dedicates a wall to his art and stars such as Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Jane Lynch, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Elton John and director George Lucas and Aaron Sorkin attend and bid on the art each year. De La Nuez has numerous celebrity collectors, including David Copperfield, who owns the artist's "Magic Monkey" painting; and Sarah Jessica Parker, who owns his shoe themed work, "Material Girl."

His original art prices at the end of 2013 sold to a private collector for $65,000 each and his work quickly sold out completely at Art Basel Miami at SCOPE and Red Dot shows and have each year since, as well as at the prestigious Hamptons Art Fairs. His artwork values have now tripled. His work is sold at all of the prestigious art fairs internationally. Sotheby's purchased 3 original pieces of Nelson De La Nuez's recently to auction off in future contemporary art auctions.

In 2016, his one-off originals averaged around $65,000 to $105,000 depending on the size and media. Bagatelle LA nightclub/restaurant used all of the artist's artwork for the interior decor pop art for the walls and threw him lavish red carpet parties where his celebrity collectors and fans attended to celebrate his work and his birthdays.

As of 2017, the artist's galleries that sell his work are located in the most prestigious, wealthy locations in the world and his documented art sales have soared up to $105,000. His artwork was also featured on the cover of Modern Luxury publications Aspen magazine and their quarterly Gallery Guide for the art collectors.


  • Pop Americana: The Pop Art of Nelson De La Nuez (2010) ISBN 978-0-578-05974-7
  • Art Juxtaposed: Nelson De La Nuez Calendar TeNeus Publishing Group ISBN 3-8327-0667-4
  • Art Juxtaposed: Nelson De La Nuez Boxed Note cards (20) TeNeus Publishing Group ISBN 3-8238-4728-7
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Article Title: Nelson De La Nuez: American Contemporary Pop Artist and visual satirist - Biography and Life
Author(s): PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff
Website Title: PeoplePill
Publisher: PeoplePill
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Publish Date: 27 Nov 2016
Last Update Date: 26 Dec 2019
Date Accessed: 05 Dec 2020
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