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The Hague-based artist, of Venezuelan origin, Maryolga Nieto started her journey in the arts at the age of 7. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, on 26 of June 1963. She studied at the Institute for the Arts in Venezuela, studies consecutively in Cheshire Academy, Connecticut; New York and Miami, Florida; In 1991, after 13 years in the US, she returns to Venezuela; Current residence in the Netherlands and teaches there since 1997.  Studies Institute for the Arts, Caracas, Cheshire RH Arts Academy, Connecticut, New York, followed by an Art and Literature Degree, Miami Dade Community College and  member of the ASAP Venezuelan Association of Plastic Artists.  Currently directs the Arts Extra- Curriculum Studies for ASH, BSN and ISH in NL.




art style 


Abstract impressionist. Maryolga Nieto tells ‘big’ stories in more or less abstract paintings. Color contrasts (ranging from Monochromatic tender to splashing colorful and textures. (sometimes making indentations through scratches in the paint or a build-up of layers of mediums, paint, plastics, metal  or paper play a major part in her canvasses).  Her paintings and sculptures range from small to large scale. Medium used: acrylic on canvas,  ink, paper, polyethylene , ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles, . in her last works origin and light -series she introduces a very unique paint medium that together with the element of UV technology achieves invisibility .  large-scale projects as murals and custom made conceptual art is also part of  Nieto’s work.  Capturing life is the essence of her artistic quest.


 The Hague-based artist, of Venezuelan origin, Maryolga Nieto started her journey in the arts at the age of 7. A precocious talent, her work achieved early recognition and won awards. As a young woman, Nieto studied at the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut and subsequently in New York and Miami. Now, a well-established artist, Nieto has been featured in more than 62 exhibitions in Europe, USA and South America. Her recent work was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in Caracas, Venezuela and the Latin Museum of Amersfoort, Netherlands. Nieto is also a published author of 7 books on folklore, culture and poetry. Her latest book of poetry ‘The Overflown Side’ , was published at the American Book Centre in The Hague. Immense in its scope, Nieto’s portfolio of work includes ceramics, paintings, large scale murals, pottery, tapestry and glass work. However painting has always been her main medium, as she calls it “my main vein”: “If you are an artist and you start doing everything, you get dispersed a little bit, but it’s good to experiment, because it’s part of the intrinsic being of an artist.” While observing the textures, shapes and colours of Nieto’s work, the audience is given a chance to surrender to the realm of the senses. Nieto gives the viewer a space to experience, engage, enjoy and interpret. The observer gains a glimpse into her infinite celebration of life, dissolving in the ocean of light. “I paint to reflect existence, strength, spirituality, flow, interaction. Art and politics are separate for me because once I take a side, I close myself and I’m no longer open to contemplate other interpretations.” Her paintings are inspired by folkloric art, particularly masks worn during the religious Venezuelan festival called the ‘Dancing Devils of Yare’. The tradition symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. Such is Nieto’s work; it’s a triumph of life over the inertia of the mundane. In one of her books “The Little Devil of Yare”, Nieto features the Devil of Yare as the main character. For Nieto, it is the story of the importance of roots. Nieto came to the Netherlands in 1997 and decided to stay: “When I first came here, I had my doubts. Will my work be accepted and appreciated here? Will they enjoy such intense colours? But then people enjoyed my work, I was very surprised. I felt very welcome here.” She loves living in The Hague and considers it to be her second home. “We have everything here in the Hague: elegant architecture, beautiful nature and a big international community. The ultimate experience of visiting the Netherlands must be here."

Malika Suleymanova; Invisible colors of Nieto's Origin & Light Series, 20th March, 2019; The Hague on Line

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