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Ex Yugoslavia

David Nez was born in 1949 in Massachusetts, USA. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He joined OHO in 1968, participating in exhibitions, happenings, photo projects and films. At first, he created objects, followed by environments and installations. Notable among OHO's "Summer Projects" are his installations of mirrors positioned in the landscape. Later, a number of processual works were produced, followed by several conceptual projects dealing with the relationship between time and space. His last exhibition in Yugoslavia was held in 1972 at the Salon Muzeja savremene umetnosti (Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art) in Belgrade, where he presented the work which earned him his diploma. From 1971 to 1972 he was a part of the Šempas Family. He now lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland.


A.T.R. Art Therapy, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1989.

M.F.A. Painting, Mt. Royal School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art,
Baltimore, Maryland, 1983.

B.F.A. Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia, 1972.


2009       “Lexicon”, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2007  “Natural Selection”, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2006       “Living Art-On The Edge of Europe”, Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterloo, Netherlands
2005 “Recent Paintings”, Augen Gallery, Portland OR
2003 “Demagogues”, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2002 “Monroe Community College Faculty Exhibition”, State University of New York, Brockport, NY
1999 “New Works”, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1999 “Avant Discard”, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA
1999 “Recent Paintings and Sculpture”, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
1998 “Alchemical Paintings”, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA
1996 “New Works”, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR                                                                                                                                                                  
1994 “New Works”, Gallery K, Washington D.C.
1994 “Group OHO Retrospective”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia
1993 “Three from Baltimore”, Roger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1993 “Small is Beautiful”, Gallery K, Washington, DC
1992 “Summer Group Show”, Gallery K, Washington, DC
1991 “Neutral Ground”, Artscape, Baltimore, MD
1990 “City Visions”, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC
1987 “Three Artists”, Anton Gallery, Washington, DC
1986 “New Talent”, Anton Gallery, Washington, Dc
1986 “Painted Sculpture”, Roger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1986 “Summer Sculpture”, Roger Lapelle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1985 “Maryland Biennial”, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
1985 “Shelter”, Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC
1985 “Works on Paper”, School 33 Arts Center, Baltimore, MD
1984 “Eye Find”, University of Maryland Gallery, Catonsville, MD
1983 “Constructions”, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
1983 “Artscape”, Baltimore, MD
1982 “Artscape”, Baltimore, MD
1980 “Sculpture 80”, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD
1979 “Group Show”, Proposal Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1979 “Baltimore Arts Festival”, Baltimore, MD
1978 “New Artists”, Fleet Street Gallery, Baltimore, MD
1972 “OHO Group Show”, Student Center Gallery, Belgrade, Yugoslavis
1971 “Group OHO-Biennial of Paris”, Paris, France
1970 “Group OHO”, Munich Kunstverein, Munich, Germany
1970 “Information” , Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1970 “Primavera Festival”, Florence, Italy
1969 “Ancestors-OHO”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia
1969 “OHO Group”, Center Galerija, Zagreb, Yugoslovia
1968 “Group OHO”, Galerija 212, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1968 “Fiumalbo Art Festival”, Fiumalbo, Italy

Grants and Awards

2004 Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portable Works Collection, Portland, OR
1999 One Percent for the Arts Purchase Award, University of Oregon Knight Law Center, Eugene, OR
1997 One Percent for the Arts Purchase Award, Oregon State University Library, Corvallis, OR
1991 Individual Artists Grant, Mayors Committee on Arts and Culture, Baltimore, OR
1981 Works in Progress Grant, Maryland Arts Council, Baltimore, MD
1979 Works in Progress Grant, Maryland Arts Council, Baltimore, MD


1983 “Nuclear Baseball”, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington D.C.
1982 “Beyond the Jet Set”, Festival of Disappearing Arts, Baltimore, MD
1980 “Eskimo Pie”, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
1981 “Blind Spot”, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
1982 “Frozen Moments”, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD
1969 “Color Mandala Theater”, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD


2008      “Best of Artforum” Christine Macel, Artforum, pp.269, December.
1991 “Art a la Carte”, Carol Wood, Baltimore City Paper, July 23.
1992 “Artscape”, John Dorsey, Baltimore Sun, July 19.
1986 “Sculpting the Urban Effect”, Joanne Lewis, Washington Post, July 5.
1985 “Art in Print”, Baltimore City Paper, Dec. 6.
1983 “School 33 – Constructions”, Tom Lachman, Baltimore News American, Sept. 18.
1982 “Underground Artists”, Bob Green, Baltimore Sun Magazine, March 7.
1970 “Third Program”, TV Belgrade, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1970 Art no. 21, Biljana Tomic, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1970 Art”no. 20, Braco Rotar, Belgrade, Yugoslavia

2005 “Living Art-On The Edge of Europe”, catalogue, Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterloo, Netherlands
2003 “Impossible Histories” Dubravka Kjuric and Misko Suvakovic, MIT Press, Cambridge, Ma.
1994       “OHO Retrospektiva”, catalogue,  Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia