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Born in Munich, Germany (1989). Lives and works in Munich.

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Born in Beaver Falls, PA (1985). Lives and works in New York City.


Nate Lewis is recognized for his intricate works on paper, which combine elements of photography, printmaking, sculpture and drawing. The figurative works feature dancers caught in motion with limbs intertwined against backgrounds of embossed textures, fabric rubs, colored inks and curvilinear shapes, which not only envelop but also respond to the movement, appearing as sound waves and currents.


Nate Lewis holds a bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and practiced critical-care nursing for nine years. Lewis’s work has been exhibited at The California African American Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Yale Center for British Art, and in Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth, touring with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services. Past residencies include Pioneer Works, Dieu Donne, Fountainhead, and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Lewis’s work is in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Wellin Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum of Art, Grinnell College Museum of Art, Kadist Foundation, and other institutions. He lectured at Yale University as part of Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute.



How Artists' Day Jobs Shape Their Craft

Smithsonian Magazine

March 10, 2023


A Former Nurse’s Art, Inspired by the I.C.U.

The New York Times Style Magazine

October 7, 2022

Nate Lewis’s Dancing Figures Awaken a Sense of Healing

Surface Magazine

September 26, 2022

Latent Tapestries

New Art Examiner

June 18, 2020

In Nate Lewis's hands, Portraits Become Palpable Landscapes


April 20, 2020

When Art and Science Meet

Metal Magazine

April 4, 2020

This Artist Got His Start as an I.C.U. Nurse

The New York Times

March 19, 2020

Nate Lewis’ Intricate Paper Sculptures Are Informed by What He Learned in Nursing School

The Observer

February 28, 2020

Nate Lewis interview

Cerebral Women

February 11, 2020

Nate Lewis' Multidisciplinary Works Challenge Perspectives on Race & History


February 4, 2020

Nate Lewis's intricately carved works on paper share his experience as a 'critical-care' nurse in Washington DC

Creative Boom

January 30, 2020

Questions about Collecting Photography Answered by an Art Adviser


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


Order the Latent Tapestries catalog

Fridman Gallery is pleased to publish Latent Tapestries on the occasion of Nate Lewis' first solo exhibition in New York. Featuring full color plates and an introductory essay by cultural anthropologist and curator Niama Safia Sandy. 

Nate Lewis in conversation at Paris Photo 2019

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

Video courtesy Paris Photo.

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