Nikki de León (*1987) is a visual artist with an architectural background, currently working and living in Cologne, Germany.
Her works create places shaped by light and shadow - deal with biography and memories, translated into her own geometric language: an architecture of memory made of emotion, abstraction, surface, form and color. Her own style is inspired by the geometric formal language of constructivism, the flatness of the hard edge and the linear architecture of the mid-century. Her working methods and approach are also influenced by architecture, especially in her choice of materials: the first sketches are made in several layers on tracing paper. In this early phase, she worked with ink, calligraphy pen and chalk, later with acrylic on canvas, exclusively freehand.


mail to:

hello@nikkileon.com



CV

EDUCATION

2018 M.A., Product- Furniture- + Exhibitiondesign, Campus Art & Design Trier (D) 
2017 B.A., Construction in existing context, Campus Art & Design Trier (D) 
2013 Interior Design Studies, Campus Art & Design Trier (D)
2009 Architecture Studies, Campus Art & Design Trier (D)

SOLO

2023 Happy Places, Feld Studio, Cologne (D)
2022 Blackmarket – Cash Only, Studio, Cologne (D)
2021 Selected Works, x N°59, Cologne (D)
2020 Faux Naïf, Martin Glanz, Cologne (D) 
2019 New Post:Offline, Rosebud, Cologne (D)

Upcoming:

2024 Memory Architecture, Cologne (D),tba
2024 Sojourn, Los Angeles (US), tba



GROUP
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2024 Ego Tower 2|7|9, Group show,Hafenhustle x Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne (D)
2023 Tracingpaper Poems, Group show, Nice Dry, Kultur & Gut, Hamburg(D)

2021 Platz des Zusammensitzens, Group show, w/ Cameo Kol, Hannover (D)
2020 Streetchairs, w/ El Warcha Collective Tunis, MAKK Cologne/Tunis (D/TUN) 

2019 X99-hibition, w/ Dimensioniii Kollektiv, Marmeladenfabrik, 2019 Cologne (D)

TEACHING

2022 Lectureship, Computer generated abstracts, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen (D)
2018–2020 Workshop on building art, Helios – Inclusive University School of Cologne (D)

AWARDS | HONORS

2018 GDA Newcomer Nominee 2019, issued by Rat für Formgebung Frankfurt (D) 
2017 Honored by BDIA for outstanding exposition, Campus Art & Design Trier (D)