Nicola López (American, b. 1975) was born in Santa Fe, NM and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She has also spent time outside the US, studying at the Escola de Artes Visuais (School of Visual Arts) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1996. Her interest in other cultures was nurtured during her undergraduate studies as an anthropology major at Columbia University. In 2002 López attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine and in 2004 received her MFA in visual arts from Columbia University. During her art studies, she spent time in Tangier and Assilah, Morocco. The academic and direct exposure to different cultures and locations has been a great influence on López’s work, which often focuses on how place is constructed and represented and she explores these issues through drawings, prints, mixed media collages and installations. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally: it been included in group exhibitions at museums including MoMA NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO and was the subject of a solo exhibition Urban Transformations at the Chazen Museum of Art. Her piece ‘Landscape X: Under Construction’ was featured at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in ‘Intervals: Nicola López’ in October, 2011.” She currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University.