Nelson De La Nuez
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Early life and career
De La Nuez was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the United States at age seven, arriving in Southern California with his family in 1966. His childhood obsession with television, cartoons and pop culture informed his later artwork.[no citations needed here]
Style and works
In 1980–82, De La Nuez began combining popular culture with parody and satirical humor, creating what he referred to as "Art Juxtaposed".[no citations needed here] He also calls his style "Art on the Edge" which refers to creating artwork on all four sides of the canvas.[no citations needed here] He is the creator and owner of the Museum of Humor Art (MOHA), which sells all of the his humor- and parody-related works.[no citations needed here]
Although he has always been identified as a pop artist, his style evolved and took on different elements as he integrated surrealism, old advertising, board games and nostalgia into his work. De La Nuez' work became recognizable in the 1980s for his use of iconic games such as Monopoly and newspaper backgrounds.[no citations needed here]
In May 2009 De La Nuez sold three works to Michael Jackson; he delivered them in June, not long before Jackson died. On December 2, 2009, De La Nuez delivered three pieces to Jackson's children that were ordered before his death.
The artist has also designed for a number of brands, including ICON leather shoes, purses and accessories; men's shirts; and a wallpaper collection for both the hospitality industry and for retail sale by Designer Wallcoverings.
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- Art Juxtaposed: Nelson De La Nuez Boxed Note cards (20) TeNeus Publishing Group ISBN 3-8238-4728-7
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- "Nelson De La Nuez Wallpapers: Designer Wallcoverings, Specialty Wallpaper for Home or Office". http://designerwallcoverings.com/WallpaperStore/designer-artist-series-nelson-de-la-nuez-wallpapers-c-1604_1181_2459. Retrieved 2012-02-14.