Nard Lee

Nard Lee

Miami, FL, United States

About Nard Lee

My artwork contains duality: black and white; loss and hope; protest and conformity. I use deep, saturated tones -- inviting but adversarial, contributing to the tension within the painting.

The combination of acrylic, chalk and oil pastel within the paintings can be considered confrontational in their intensity.

They are multi-layered and have subtle beauty, intensity, and have been described as unsettling. My influences include Jean Michel Basquiat and Salvador Dali, and as I have mature artistically, I am more influenced by Marcus Jansen.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, my upbringing in the Southeast area of the city have been a great influence on my artwork. I explore unsolved questions regarding racial inequity, class, politics and religion. However, my dominant lens will always be that of the often overlooked and underestimated kid keenly aware of how the outside world views people who look like him.

I seek to create art that make us think about ourselves and our world in a different light. They are raw and have a roughness to them. What they are about may not be obvious at first glance but I’m hoping that you take time to explore the detail that gives the artwork a deeper meaning.


1981-1983 Howard University, Washington, DC


Artist Interview: DESTIG Magazine
Best of 2020
January 2021 Edition

43rd Annual Artavita Artist Competition
February 2021


Vor Kunst
November 23 - December 2, 2020
Van der Plas Gallery
New York, New York

December 6 - 10, 2020
Group Exhibit
Online Exhibition

Minority Report - Solo Exhibition
Kunst Matrix (Virtual)
January 25 to March 31, 2021