Born Mexico City, Mexico 



2005               MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2001               BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1997-99         Psychology, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City 

Solo Exhibitions

 2017            Minneapolis Institue of Art 

                       Solo Presentation, Frieze NY with Mary Mary, Glasgow                    

2015              Naps, Daydreams, Houseplants, Weavings, Mary Mary, Glasgow

                        Gallery Representation- Mary Mary, Glasgow

2014               Aliza Nisenbaum, White Columns, NYC

                         Aliza Nisenbaum: Portraits, Letters, Books and Flowers, LULU project space

                        Mexico City

                        Solo presentation at NADA with LULU gallery, Miami

2013              Aliza Nisenbaum at Immigrant Movement International, Queens, NYC                         

2011              Aliza Nisenbaum New Paintings, Julius Caesar, Chicago

2007               Aliza Nisenbaum, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2006               New Paintings, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Two Person Exhibitions 

2013               Aliza Nisenbaum and Tadhg McSweeney, Kevin Kavanagh gallery Dublin

                         Holly Coulis and Aliza Nisenbaum, Susanne Hilberry gallery, Detroit, MI

2011                We Remembered, We Anticipated a Peacock and We Find a Peony, Patricia

                         Treib and Aliza Nisenbaum, Golden gallery, NYC   

2009               You Talk Greasily, Allison Katz with Aliza Nisenbaum, Kasia Kay Projects, 



Selected Group Exhibitions

2017              Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, NYC

                        The New York Times, The Flag Art Foundation, NYC

                         American Genre: Contemporary Painting, ICA at MECA, Maine

                         The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon, organized by Jeffrey Deitch, The

                        Armory Show

2016              Intimisms, (curated by Aliza Nisenbaum and David Norr) James Cohan Gallery, 


                        As if in a foregin country, Galerie nachst St. Stephen Rosemary Shwartzwalder, 

                        Vienna,  Austria

                        A Change of Heart, Hannah Hoffman Gallery LA

                        The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI

                        Artist in Residency Biennial, University of Tennessee 

                        Domestic Appendices, Aliza Nisenbaum, Patrizio Di Massimo, Marco Palmieri, 

                        T-293, Rome

2015               Intimacy in Discource: Reasonable and Unreasonable Sized Paintings. 

                        Part II, SVA Chelsea gallery, curated by Phong Bui from the Brooklyn Rail

                         Homeful of Hands, Josh Lilley, London

                         Figuratively, Wilkinson Gallery, London,  Curated by

                         Matthew Higgs

                         Biennial of the Americas, MCA Denver Museum

                         White Columns Benefit, White Columns, NY

                         You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, 68 Projects, Berlin

2014               Work, Slopes Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

                         Quality of Life, Recent Rema Hort Mann Grantees, BOSI, NY

                         Agents of Change, ASF, Mexico city

                         Art and Social Justince, LGCC, NYC

                         The Last Brucennial, NYC

2013               The Rema Hort Mann Foundation 2013 Grantees, Taymour Grahne Gallery, NYC

                         Splonk! Curated by Holly Coulis, 106 Green Gallery, Brooklyn

                         Buy What you Love, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Benefit, Bleecker Street Arts 

                         Club, NYC

                         Imago Mundi, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Collateral Event of the 55 Venice


                         Young New Yorkers Benefit Auction, Allegra La Viola Gallery, NYC

                         Selective Perspectives, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

                        The Secret Life of Plants, Princeton University School of Architecture

2012               XV Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo,      

                         Mexico City. The Biennial traveled to the following venues in Mexico:

                         Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca

                         Museo Chihuahuense de Arte Contemporáneo Casa Redonda

                         Instituto Tamaulipeco para las Artes y Culturas

                         Galería del Sistema Municipal de Arte y Cultura de Celeya, Guanajuato

                         Michelle Grabner, the Inova Survey, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

                         Resistencia, Diagrama, Mexico City

                         Renaissance Society Benefit Auction Honoring Susanne Ghez, Chicago  

                         Daily, collaboration between SOMA México and Beta- Local Puerto Rico, Poli-

                         Grafic Triennial of Puerto Rico

2011               Why did the chicken cross the road? , Original Jokes about the Suburban and    

                         the Poor Farm by the artists who have exhibited there Green Gallery, Yale  

                         School of Art

                         The Great Poor Farm Experiment III, curated by Michelle Grabner, Wisconsin

                         Why is This Here? 224 Washington Av. Brooklyn NY, curated by Jennifer

                         Salomon and Deirdre O’Dwyer

                         Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston MA

2010               Help Art Heal, Benefit Show and Auction, Evanston IL

2009               Fest Fest, Julius Caesar, Chicago

                         Cadaver Corpse, Gallery 1026, Philadelphia and Chicago

2008               Bauhaus Art Show, Guertin Graphics, Chicago

2007               Fifths, Swinger Gallery, Vienna

                         Jesse Chapman, Aliza Nisenbaum, William J. O’Brien, Shane Campbell, Chicago

                         NADA Art Fair Miami Beach, with Shane Campbell, Chicago

                         Handcrafted Optimism, Tony Wight / Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery,   


                         Group Show, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

2006               Bentnames, 50/50 Gallery, Chicago

                         Slowness, Heaven Gallery, Chicago

                         Believers, curated by Michelle Grabner, Hudson Franklin, New York

2005               NADA Art Fair Miami Beach, with Shane Campbell, Chicago

                         Slow Down: Contemporary Abstraction from Chicago, The University of Texas

                         Sarah Lobb, Aliza Nisenbaum, Noah Rorem, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

                         Lookers, Heaven Gallery, Chicago

                         MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

                         Nova Young Art Fair, Dan Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago

2002               Patricia Treib, Aliza Nisenbaum, Luis Romero, curated by Susanna Coffey, 418   

                         Clark Street, Chicago

Bibliography and Publications

2017            “Openings, Aliza Nisenbaum” Emily Liebert, Artforum, October

                      Video “Aliza Nisenbaum Talks about her work” Artforum online video archive

                      “Aliza Nisenbaum on Why Her Intimate Portraits of Immigrants Aren’t about 

                      Empathy” Scott Indrisek, Artsy Editorial

                      “What Does ‘community’ look like? That challange brough a NY artist to

                      Minneapolis” Alicia Eler, Star Tribune

                     “Aliza Nisenbaum paints immingrants, volunteers, and others at Whittier and the 

                     Wedge” Sheila Regan, City Pages

                   “Whitney Biennial Catalogue” Christopher Lew, Mia Locks

                    “The Other Side of the Wall: A New Generation of Latino Art” Kristin Valdez 

                    Quade, The New York Times Style Magazine, August 17, 2017

                    “Previews, Whitney Biennial”, Rutland Beau, January Issue, Artforum

                   “Personal Histories, Aliza Nisenbaum” Kazanjian, Dodie, February Issue, 


                    “Power to the People”Griffin, Jonathan,Art Review, March

                    “A User’s Guide to the Whitney Biennial” Farago, Jason, The New York Times, 

                    March 8th, 2017

                    “ Los 4 Fantásticos” Estos Artistas Mexicanos Conquistan el Mundo desde

                    Nueva York, Enero, 2017, Vanity Fair México

2016            “Vitamin P3” New Perspectives in Painting

                      Pogrebin, Robin, New York Times, “Here Comes the Whitney Biennial, Reflecting

                      The Tumult of the Times” 

                     “20 Female Artists Pushing Figurative Painting Forward”, Artsy.NET 

                      Dafoe, Taylor “Intimisms”, Blouin ArtInfo International

                      Smith, Roberta, “Intimisms”, New York Times

                      Piepenbrig, Dan, “Intimisms”, The Paris Review

                      Kinsella, Eileen, 9 Must See 2016 Summer Group Shows, “Intimisms” ArtNet

                     Catalogue Artist in Residency Biennial, University of Tennessee 

                     “Artists to Artists” Volume 2 (2002 - 2016) Sharpe –Walentas Studio Program

 2015            Smith, Roberta, New York Times, review of “Martha Armstrong” Aliza’s work 

                      mentioned in relation to other “painters from life”

                      “The Biennial of the Americas Puts Colorado at the Center of the Map” Wolkoff,

                      Julia, Art in America, News, July 24th 2015 

                     “La Bienal de Las Américas Examina la Conexión Denver- Ciudad de México”,  Arte


                      “Aliza Nisenbaum, White Columns” Yerby, Erin, February issue, Brooklyn Rail

                       “Short: Tania Bruguera Immigrant Movement International” Aliza Nisenbaum in 

                       in conjunction with IMI. From the series “Exclusive” videos on the Art 21 website

                       “Thank you For the Flowers” Taz.Plan, Taz. Die Tageszeitung, Berlin

                       “Aliza Nisenbaum brings unique portrait project to UT, Patterson, Megan, Daily 

                       Beacon, University of Tennessee

2014             “First Look”, “Aliza Nisenbaum”  Smith, William, December issue, Art in America

                       De Llano, Pablo, “Arte Mexicano en Erupción”, El País  

                       Catalogue “Aliza Nisenbaum: Portraits, Letters, Books and Flowers” with essay 

                         by Sharp, Chris and edited by Iza, Fabiola. Exhibition at

                         LULU, Mexico City

                         Sharp, Chris, “Future Greats” Art Review magazine 

                         Smith, Roberta, New York Times review of “Daniel Heidkamp” in conjunction 

                         with other figurative painters 

2013               Imago Mundi, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice Biennale

                         “Painters Find Emotional Depth and Offbeat Beauty in Figurative Works"

                         review of Holly Coulis, Aliza Nisenbaum, Detroit News

                        “Our Cultural Highs and Lows of 2013”, Patrick Freyne, The Irish Times

2011               O”Dwyer, Deirdre, “Flower Paintings,” catalogue essay

2010               Bicas, Becky, Acervo Cultural Casa Lamm “Aliza Nisenbaum 2010”

2009               Marcus, David “Alison Katz: You Talk Greasily,” Brooklyn Rail

                         Spadano, Paolo “Allison Katz e Aliza Nisenbaum a Chicago” Rivista Segno

                         Reisman, Leah, “Pieces by Parcel: Golden Age shows Internationally      

                         Assembled Exquisite Corpses,” Chicago Weekly

                         Burgher, Elijah, “Migration Patterns,” Art21

2008               “Nominated Artists fro the New Museum Altoids Award,” catalogue

                         “Illinois State University Exhibition,” catalogue

2007               Cursico, Seth, “Handcrafted Optimism,” Daily Serving

                         Homes, Jeremy, “Handcrafted Optimism” Time Out Chicago

                         Graham, Maxwell G., “Fifths,” catalogue essay

2006               Myers, Terry, “Slowness,” catalogue essay

2005               Smith, Laura, “The Possibility of Painting,” catalogue essay

                         “Slow Down: Contemporary Abstraction from Chicago,” catalogue, The       

                         University of Texas at Tyler

Awards, Fellowships, Residencies   

2017             Residency Minneapolis Insitute of Art

                       Provost’s Junior Faculty Award, Columbia University

2016              Process Space, LMCC, NYC          

 2015/2016 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program

2015/2016  Fellowship for Immigrant Women Leaders, and Women’s Cabinet, 

                        This Fellowship is an initiative of NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for

                        leaders committed to advancing the status of immigrant women and girls.

 2015             Artist in Residency University of Tennessee

 2013             Rema Hort Mann award NYC Visual Arts grantee

2011               Seminar. “The Form of an Archive” Jumex Collection, Mexico City

2010              SOMA Residency, Mexico City

2008              The New Museum Altoids Award for Emerging Artists, (mid-west nomination,

                        Michelle Grabner), New York

2007              Richard Dreihaus Emerging Artist, (nomination), Chicago

2004              Trustee MFA Merit Scholarship for the Department of Painting and Drawing,       

                        (full program tuition granted) The School of the Art Institute of  Chicago

Public Collections

                      Whitney Museum of American Art

                        University of Chicago Booth School of Business art collection

                        Irish Arts Council

                       The Progressive Art Collection


2016            Intimisms, (curated by Aliza Nisenbaum and David Norr) James

                      Cohan Gallery,  NYC

Artist Lectures

2017             VALS, MFA in Visual Arts Lecture, Columbia University

                       Boston University, Visiting Artist Program

2015             Now? Now! Artist Talks, Museum of Contemporary Art,  Biennial of the Americas,

                       Denver, Colorado  

                        Biennial of the Americas, The Visibility of Immigration, Aliza Nisenbaum,

                        Biennial Pavilion, Denver, Colorado

                        Artist in Residence Lecture University of Tennessee

2014              Panel discussion: Melanie Smith, Martin Soto Climet, Chris

                        Sharp, and Aliza Nisenbaum,  in conjunction with the exhibition Aliza

                        Nisenbaum: Portraits,  Letters, Books and Flowers, LULU Project Space, Mexico

                        Visiting Artist Lecture, Smith College

2007              Visiting Artist Lecture, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Fall 2015- onward          Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Visual Arts, Director of

                                             Graduate Studies, Columbia University School of the Arts

Spring 2015                      AIR, Visiting Professor Artist in Residency, The University of  

                                              Tennessee at Knoxville. Graduate Seminar, on art and ethics.    

                                              Undergraduate Advanced Painting and Drawing                                            

Fall 2014                            SAIC MFA low-residency program, NY graduate advisor

Fall 2011- 2013               School of Visual Arts, NYC, History of Photography 19th and 20th 

                                              Centuries,  Theory and History of Modern Art  honors seminar

Spring 2012- 2013           IMI, Class on English through art historyQueens, NY

Spring 2009-2014            LaGuardia Community College, Queens, NY, Drawing, Figure   

                                               Drawing, Introduction to Art, Painting, Design

Fall 2011- 2012                Purchase College, SUNY, Painting 2, Drawing

Spring 2009                       Columbia University, NYC,  MFA thesis review committee panelist

 2007                                   University of Chicago, Lecturer, Drawing, Graduate Advising

Fall 2007- 2008                De Paul University, Chicago, Color Theory, Design

2006-2008                         Northwestern University, Chicago, Beginning Painting

2005-2008                         School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Painting 1, Advanced Painting,

                                              Figure Drawing, Summer Intensive Painting Seminar

1997-1999                         Universidad Iberoamericana teaching while studying psychology; 

                                              public institutions, women’s shelters, and mental health insitutions