Nielsen's work is a contemporary application of one of the best-known avant-garde photographic processes - the photogram - which was first mastered by Man Ray and Maholy-Nagy at the beginning of the twentieth century. Each unique image is created without a camera by placing objects directly onto photographic paper and exposing them to light.


Nielsen started her career as a painter and is a colourist at heart. She calls her work 'painting with light' which refers to the performative nature of its creation. Nielsen replaces the traditional negative with a handmade matrix, built with multiple layers, found light sources and harnessing different wavelengths of the colour spectrum to create rich hues. Creating these pieces can take up to 12 hours per session and up to 100 exposures. The paper she uses is negative rather than positive, reversing the colours and often creating surprising new combinations. 'The final outcomes are pre-planned with strong intention and formally composed,' she explains, 'but because I'm working with light, they always have some surprises. The light bleeds and spills and doesn't want to be contained.'


Liz Nielsen was born in Wisconsin in 1975 and lives and works in New York City. She graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University, a M.F.A. in Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nielsen is part of this new generation that have returned to the essential elements of analogue photography and its processes as subject matter, reimagining the abstract and painterly potential of the medium. Her work has been exhibited extensively in New York, Chicago, Berlin, Dublin, Budapest, Paris and London. 

Nielsen's work was part of the J.P. Morgan Curator's Highlights - "Pictures-In-Play" at Paris Photo Fair 2016.  Her recent LA exhibition, I’d Like to Imagine You’re in a Place Like This, was one of Artforum’s cirtic’s picks of 2021. Her exhibitions have also been recently reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artslant, the Wall Street Journal and Libération, among others. Liz Nielsen has work in the JPMorgan Chase Art Collection as well as notable private collections internationally.






"I like to Imagine you're in a place like this", Over the Influence, Los Angeles, California, USA

"Spooky Action", Art Austerlitz, curated by Ryan Turley, Austerlitz, New York, USA


Triangle Moon, SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Small, Black Box Projects, London, UK. 



Liz Nielsen: The Arrival, Black Box Projects, London, UK

London Art Fair with Black Box Projects, London, UK

Entanglement, Horizont Gallery, Budapest, Hungary



Liz Nielsen: Tracing the Azimuth, May 16 - July 27, 2018, SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Liz Nielsen + Paul Smith Collaboration with Black Box Projects, Paul Smith Global Flagship, Mayfair, 

London, UK

Liz Nielsen: Hotspots, Danziger Gallery, New York, NY, USA



PULSE Miami with Danziger Gallery, Miami, USA

Unseen Amsterdam, with Danziger Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

Photo London, with NextLevel Galerie, London, United-Kingdom

Force Fields, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

Snake Charmer, Horizont Gallery, Budapest, Hungary



The Medium, Danziger Gallery, New York, USA



Night Garden, SOCO Gallery, USA

Magic Lantern, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USA

Wolf Moon, Denny Gallery, New York, USA



Tiger Teeth: Red Light: Liz Nielsen, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, USA

Blue Shifts, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Interlochen, USA



LIZ by LINA, Schalter Gallery, Berlin, Germany






Painting with Light, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY USA

Unseen Amsterdam, Black Box Projects, The Netherlands

Artfare Launch, New York, USA



Launch Exhibition, Black Box Projects, London, UK

Work in Process, The Photographers Gallery, London UK

Liz Nielsen & Dylan Gebbia Richards, April 6 - May 12, 2018, David B Smith Gallery, Denver, 

Colorado, USA

Angell Gallery, Toronto Art Fair, Canada

Aspen Art Museum, Art Crush, courtesy of SOCO Gallery

Let There be Light, Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Winter Song, NextLevel Gallery, Paris, France

Lights, Camera, Action, curated by Haley Finnegan at Kunstraum, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Usable Space, curated by EddysRoom, Milwaukee, WI



Paris Photo, with NextLevel Galerie, Grand Palais, Paris, France 

Women in Color: women and color photography, curated by Ellen Carey, Rubber Factory, New York, USA

Full Bloom II, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

VIVE ART BENEFIT curated by Rachel Philips and Anna Ortiz , Honey Ramka, Brooklyn, NYC, USA

Painters and Photographers curated by Jamilee Polson, Providence College, Rhode Island, USA

Art Market Budapest, Horizont Galeria, Budapest, Hungary

Aspen Art Museum, Art Crush, courtesy of SOCO Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA

Along a River of Saphire Pools, Mountain Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Double Vision, Artists who Instagram, LabSpace, Hillsdale, New York, USA



Pulse Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair, with Danziger Gallery, Miami, USA

Untitled Art Fair Miami Beach, with Soco Gallery, Miami, USA

Satellite Art Show, with Elijah Wheat Showroom, Miami, USA

Paris Photo, with NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

Davidson College Gallery, USA

Two person exhibition with Max Warsh, curated by Jessamyn Fiore, Pallas Projects in Dublin, Ireland

Summerzcool, Curated by Austin Eddy and Benjamin Edmiston, Houston, USA

Two person exhibition with Max Warsh, Curated by Jessamyn Fiore, Sirius Art Center, Cobh, Ireland

Spring Break Art Show, curated by Kelly Schroer, New York, USA

Geometric Cabinet, Kristen Lorello Gallery, New York, USA

EddysRoom, Brooklyn, New York, USA



Double Vision, Silver Projects, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Handmade Abstract, BRIC Art Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Hot Slice, Zolla/Lieberman gallery, Chicago, USA

Wonderful Lies, Danziger Gallery, New York, USA

Black and White, Ameringer, McEnery, New York, USA

Project Room, Danziger Gallery, New York,  USA

Material Art Fair with LVL3, Mexico



Paris Photo, with Laurence Miller Gallery, Paris, France

Westport Arts Center, Westport, USA

Expo Chicago, Laurence Miller Gallery,  USA

Real Time, Future, Experience, New Capital, Chicago, USA

Spring Break Art show, New York,  USA

Black and White, La Montagne Gallery, Boston, USA



Art Untitled Benrimon Contemporary, Miami, USA



Fractal Semblance, Roots & Culture, Chicago, USA

NADA Miami, Rawson Projects, USA

Fictitious Truths, Curated by Kara Rooney, Rooster Gallery, New York, USA

Anderson, Murphy, Nielsen, New Capital Projects, Chicago, USA

People Who Work Here, Curated by Rawson Projects, David Zwirner gallery, New York, USA

First Love, Curated by Angela Bryant, O'Connor Gallery, Dominican University, River Forest, USA



Color: Fully Engaged, curated by Jamilee Polson, A & D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, USA

Juried Auction, NURTUREart hosted by the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA



Feeble Intimacy, LVL3, Chicago, USA 



J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation




Budapest Art Factory, Hungary 

Orange County Relocation Grant, Newburgh, New York, USA



Dave Brown Art Prize



CAAP Grant, Chicago, Illinois, USA





SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC

International Center of Photography, Teen Academy, New York, USA



Unseen Living Room, Unseen Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Knockdown Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Penn State, State College, PA, USA

Sirius Art Center, Cobh, Ireland




Paul Smith Design, with Black Box Projects, Mayfair, London, UK

Hermes Parfumerie, with art director Cory Jacobs, New York City, New York, USA

R`edinery 29, New York City, New York, USA
Stevan Alan, Chelsea, New York City, New York, USA

Salvatore Ferragamo, Chicago, Illinois, USA