Born in Washington D.C., 1985. Lives and works in New York City.

Nate Lewis is interested in the unseen. His work is driven by empathy, and the desire to understand nuanced points of view. By altering photographs, he aims to challenge people’s perspectives on race and history through distortion and illusion. Combining aspects of photography, etching, and ink drawing, Nate Lewis’s paper sculptures reflect his nine years of experience as a critical-care nurse. He scrapes and lifts the top layer of photographic paper to create evocative textures with surgical precision. Treating the paper like an organism itself, he sculpts patterns akin to cellular tissue and anatomical elements, allowing hidden histories and patterns to be uncovered from the photographs. Ultimately, the work embraces humanistic ideas of human connection and understanding.

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Nate Lewis speaks with Osei Bonsu, Curator of International Art (Tate Modern) at Paris Photo

Nate Lewis speaks with Osei Bonsu, Curator of International Art (Tate Modern) at Paris Photo. Video courtesy Paris Photo.

Gallery Exhibitions


Paris Photo

November 4–10, 2019

The Armory Show

March 7 – 10, 2019

EXPO Chicago

September 27 – 30, 2018

Strange Beach

July 24 – August 31, 2018


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November 7, 2019


10 must-see galleries at EXPO Chicago

Chicago Tribune

September 28, 2018

Art This Week: Beach Bodies, Paintings and Who Gets to Play

Bedford + Bowery

July 24, 2018

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