Donny Nie is a visual artist based in Toronto and Chicago.


Painting is the matrix within my practice, a device to process time in various rhythms: stretch one mark to an animation, or reduce one memory to an impression. My research ponders painting as a virtual identity, a persona with encoded privacy and portals of disclosure. My paintings maintain a rectangular format to construct a framework for my sculptures: my brushstrokes in an immersive space, to break the conventions as a means to violate, exceed, or liberate. From large-scale oil painting, monotype, digital projection, to small-scale ceramic and glass forms, my interdisciplinary abstractions coalesce into an intuitive, gestalt experience.

My prints and digital images focus on the exhaustion and exuberance of a two- dimensional imagery, through an accumulative illusion illustrating an overwhelming potential in composition. My sculptures meditate singular gestures, contextualize a brushstroke by projecting it into a three-dimensional capacity. They are aspiring objects suspended between paradoxical states: an abstraction that is a molten physicality, an illusion of ephemerality that crystallizes to pursue permanence.

Via transformation in both optical and chemical states, mystified alchemy of my artwork draws attention onto a sensual experience to exemplify the state of proximity. I am driven by an obsession with transparency as a metaphor to capture the impossibles, the invisibles, the ethereality. The works materialize as a desire to archive, control, and situate within an ever-changing time.


School of the Art Institute of Chicago • MFA 2022 • Fiber and Material Studies

OCAD University • BFA 2019 • Drawing and Painting • Minor in Illustration 

 - Ada Slaight Scholarship • 2015 – 2019

 - Mobility Exchange Program • School of the Art Institute of Chicago • Spring 2018



Edging, FLXST Contemporary, Chicago. 2022.

MFA Thesis Exhibition, SAIC Galleries, Chicago. 2022.

Now Streaming, Visual Arts Mississauga, 2022. 

It's All Right, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2022. 

Portraits of Resilience(online), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2021. 

Anonymous Crystal - Solo Exhibition, Guangdou Dow Technology Co., Ltd., Foshan, China, 2021. 

Off The Screen, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, 2021.

A Residue You Find on Your Fingertip, SITE Gallery, Chicago, 2021. 

Virtual Out of Order Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, 2021.

Off The Screen, Propeller Art Gallery, Toronto, 2020.     

Prism (online exhibition), Envision Arts, 2020. 

Congruence (online exhibition), I Like Your Work Podcast, Summer 2020.

INCUBATOR, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2020.

Abstract Lunch, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2020.

Art Prom, OCAD University, Toronto, 2020.

OCAD University Artist Showcase, Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto, 2019-2020.

CAP-Xhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2019-2020.

IDEAL: The World As We Want It, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2019. 

Emerging Artist Exhibit, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Toronto, 2019. 

Emerging Now, Bau-xi Gallery, Toronto, 2019.

Exuberant, Woman's Art Association of Canada, Toronto, 2019.

Inspirations Studio's 25th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser, Toronto, 2019.

Creating Inclusive Spaces, Mackenzie Investments, Toronto, 2019-2020.

Beyond Borders, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto, 2019.

OCAD University 104th GradEx Exhibition, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019.

Toro - Solo Exhibition, OCAD U Learning Zone, Toronto, 2019.

The Picture Show, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019.

Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mississauga, 2018-2019. 

Hamilton Youth and Emerging Art Fair & Exhibition, Hamilton Arts Council, Hamilton, 2018. 

The Next Big Thing, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, 2018.

Awenda Inspired, Ada Slaight Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, 2018.

Notes from the Wind, OCAD U Learning Zone, Toronto, 2018.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT:32nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Scarborough Arts, Toronto, 2017.

A Festivus For TheRest of Us, Northern Contemporary, Toronto, 2017.

Zine Power: the OCAD U Zine Library 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition, Toronto, 2017.

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