Nina Chanel Abney

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Nina Chanel Abney


Exploring the frenetic pace of modern life alongside issues of race, sexuality and politics, Nina Chanel Abney’s big, bold canvases are jam-packed with busy figures and bright colours which reflect the daily struggle with information overload. A Parsons School of Design alumnus, Abney uses simple shapes to blur notions of race and gender, leading the viewer to challenge their own unconscious prejudices. The artist has work in worldwide collections including Hong Kong’s Burger Collection and New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.



Did you know?

Abney has her own UNO deck as part of the ubiquitous card game's Artiste series. She's the third artist to hold the honour, after Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Country of Birth


Auction Record


Christie's New York, 'Untitled (XXXXXX)', 2021

Notable Exhibitions

Nina Chanel Abney: The Great Escape, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA, 2020

Hot to Trot. Not., Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR, 2018

Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, USA, 2017

Nina Chanel Abney: Seized the Imagination, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, USA, 2017

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