b i o g r a p h y
Nina Fraser (b.1984) is a multidisciplinary artist from St.Albans, UK, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. Her work combines painting, collage and sculpture, extracting visual references from magazines and found materials. Her graduation in BA Textile Art (Winchester School of Art, Hampshire, UK) in 2006 rooted her practice in three dimensional material exploration. At age twenty three, just after the 2008 financial crash, she found herself strongly driven to connect with the community, co-founding a not-for-profit arts cafe where she developed an aptitude for collaboration, as well as working with volunteers, that she continues to utilize in her studio practice to date.
Photo: Vanmayi Shetty
Arising from an attempt to understand the contradictions between the interior being and the exterior world, Nina's work explores the human relationship with our changing environment. Enabling found material to dictate the shape and form of the final artistic outcome, the dialectic between human control and chance is challenged. Traversing the borders between painting, collage and sculpture, Nina finds collage an intuitive medium and a cathartic release, synthesizing diverse media to present a unified voice that aligns artistic process with the complexity of modern living.
Since 2013 she has actively participated in international collective exhibitions (UK, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Ireland, Belgium, and USA), and solo exhibitions (UK, Portugal and Poland) - most recently TAXIS DERMA at the Museum of Natural Science and History in Lisbon. Her collages have been featured in magazines and books in USA, Italy, UK, Spain and Portugal, including; "Collage by Women, 50 Essential Contemporary Artists" edited by Promopress, in 2019.
Her work is represented in institutional and private collections in Portugal, USA, Germany, Australia, Poland and England.
These days, you will mostly find Nina at Atelier Concorde - an association of artist studios situated on one of the seven hills of Lisbon, close to Feira da Ladra, the antique flea market, where she often gleans materials. Lisbon, with its eclectic colours and soft light continues to inspire her practice, her work often fusing references from her native UK with her adopted home, Portugal. You can arrange a studio visit, join a workshop, or get in touch on social media or email.