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Nicole Eisenman

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was born in Verdun, France, in 1965. They live and work in Brooklyn.

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In her figurative art, Nicole Eisenman works with different media such as painting, sculpture, drawing and printmaking. She draws her themes from art history, from their everyday life, from political and social contexts.


Can artworks be humorous, comic or imaginative while at the same time being critical and intense depictions of contemporary life? 

Nicole’s playful way of depicting people and taking up motifs and themes from contemporary society mean that her works are very popular. They are considered a great role model for an entire generation of artists.

Nicole Eisenman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and was granted a travel scholarship to Rome in 1986. There they were completely overwhelmed by works of the Italian Renaissance, created between 1400 and 1620. After a year, Nicole returned to New York, where they now live and work.

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Nicole Eisenman has been an important part of the New York queer community since the 1990s.


Queerness is an important topic for Nicole and often plays a role in her work. Queerness is expressed primarily in figures whose gender or relationships cannot be clearly assigned. Nicole often confronts her characters with themes such as love, desire and community, but also with social problems, loneliness and fear.

In the 1990s, Nicole Eisenman painted many pictures dealing with the lesbian community and its everyday life, but also with fantasies. References to art history, comics and their own experiences are equally important.

As a child she liked to listen to her father, a psychoanalyst, interpreting dreams. Many stories were told in her family, so Nicole is quite familiar with telling her own tales.

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Are figures and abstract forms really opposites, or is the line between representational and abstract sometimes thinner than we think? 


Can art be considered separately from the political and social positions of artists? Does the private individual play a role?