Nicholas Grafia

Born 1990 in Angeles City, Philippines

Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Born 1990 in Angeles City, Düsseldorf based artist Nicholas Grafia earned his BFA from the University of Munster in 2016, and his MFA from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2019. Grafia is known for figurative paintings full of lively color and composed of smooth, swooping curves which invite the viewer into his work, though this enticing vibrancy belies the somber and sometimes uncomfortable conceptual bases of his art. An accomplished painter, Grafia has in recent years expanded his artmaking towards a more multimedia practice, incorporating performance and time based media installations. These advances, bringing his art into the space inhabited by his audience and relating it directly to the passage of time, transform his work from something static and removed from the living present to an experiential provocation, confronting the viewer with themes and motifs drawn from Grafia's own personal experience and a broader culturally shared one. In recent years Grafia has frequently collaborated with Mikołaj Sobczak


Works on Paper on Fridges

Aug 12 - Sept 6, 2022


Master of Fine Arts
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Munster, Germany

Solo & Two Person

(Upcoming) Sponsorship Award for Fine Arts of the City of Düsseldorf 2020
Düsseldorf, Germany
(Upcoming) Bars and Stripes
fiebach minninger, Cologne, Germany
Free Verse Spirit
Peres Projects, Gallery Weekend Berlin, Germany
Soul Burner
KOENIG2 by_robbygreif, Vienna, Austria
Type I Cast I Thrill
Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia
MVP: Most Valuable Player
Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
I Saw the Devil
Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY


(Upcoming) Dangerous When Wet
Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
(Upcoming) Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak
Mountains, Berlin, Germany
(Upcoming) Long Shot, GOLD + BETON
Cologne, Germany
Dissonance. Platform Germany
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
You’d Think By Now
Smack Mellon, New York, NY
We Meet at Dusk
Hordaland kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway
Craving supernatural creatures
Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ), Vienna, Austria
Vordemberge-Gildewart Grant 2021
KIT - Kunst im Tunnel, Duesseldorf, Germany
Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
Illiberal Arts
Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, Germany
Mudam Performance Season: The Illusion of the End
MUDAM Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg
steirischer herbst ‘21: The Way Out with Mikołaj Sobczak
in and around Graz, Austria
Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak: WILL
GOLD + BETON, Cologne, Germany
Bob’s Pogo Bar
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Blake & Vargas, Berlin, Germany
what fruit it bears
Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
I don’t know whether the Earth is spinning or not
7th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Museum of Moscow, Russia
Returning to the Future
2020 Biennale Zielona Góra, Zielona Gora, Poland
On the Politics of Delicacy
Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany
Elbow Room, PE VII: Weak Links of a Strong Chain (pt. 1–3)
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Untitled (Molly House)
Exile Gallery at 'Curated by', Vienna, Austria
Protozone: Contamination/Resilience
Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland
Milk Me Sugar
Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
In order of appearance: Graduates of Düsseldorf Academy of Arts 2019
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
NAK Digital Benefit Auction 2020
Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Queer Queer Casimir
Salon 14 during Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2020, Warsaw, Poland
Ignition Cycle
Montag Modus at Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany
Who Am I
Mélange, Cologne, Germany
side by side
fffriedrich, Frankfurt, Germany
Not Safe for Work
Welfenstrasse 6, Karlsruhe, Germany
Body Lotion
Zeller van Almsick Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Here and Now
Museum Ludwig Transcorporealities, Cologne, Germany
The Theatre of Robert Anton
Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Elbow Room, PE I: Hits Like an Elbow
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
DISPLAY. Staging Identities
Kunstverein Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
Jahresgaben 2019
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Body Works
State Art Gallery, Sopot, Poland
In-visible Realness
PS120, Berlin, Germany
Exo Exo at David Giroire, Paris, France
Sexual Intellectual
The Reference, Frankfurt, Germany
The Accursed Ones
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Fremdkörper. Non-Normative Body and Voice Mapping
BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
Akademie [Arbeitstitel]
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
Open Triennial
8th Young Triennale in Orońsko, Centre of Polish Sculpture
The Hardest Word
BLASK/BRZASK, Lodz, Poland
Akademie Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
Meet me at the Metro Station
Guest Rooms, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Videoabend 2017
Galerie Januar, Bochum, Germany
Im Goldenen, Düsseldorf, Germany


Dissonance: Platform Germany, Mark Gisbourne and Christoph Tannert
Berlin: Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft
Illiberal Arts, Anselm Franke and Kerstin Stakemeier
Berlin: b_books verlag (PolYpeN Series)
Akademie [Arbeitstitel], Dana Bergmann, Gregor Jansen and Anna Lena Seiser
Cologne: Kunsthalle Düsseldorf Verlag and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König


Craving Supernatural Creatures, Alexandra-Maria Toth
KubaParis, January 2022
Kulturstiftung des Bundes Magazin
Krisenwissen, Issue 37, Autumn-Winter 2021
Hands on Time: The Illusion of the End, Simone Rossi
Panorama Series, Cactus Magazine, October 2021
Artist to Watch: Nicholas Grafia, Robert Grunenberg
Numéro Berlin, Issue 10, The Sexxx Issue, Spring-Summer 2021
Wie junge Künstler die Pandemie erleben, Stefanie Stadel
Welt, June 9, 2021
Auf der Reise, Spezial: Gallery Weekend, Boris Pofalla
Monpopol, May 2021
Tipps zum Gallery Weekend: Kunst durchs Schaufenster, Birgit Rieger
Der Tagesspiegel, April 30, 2021
The Best Show’s to See During This Year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin, Carina Bukuts
Frieze, April 28, 2021
Pop-folklore tricksters smashing stereotypes, Maria-Helen Känd
Arterritory, March 30, 2021
Nicholas Grafia in Conversation with Francesca Altamura
KubaParis, March 26, 2021
Superfacesurface / Malerei in Düsseldorf #4
KubaParis, January 21, 2021
New Fauves, Colin Lang
Spike Art Magazine, #62, Winter 2020
fffriedrich gallery in Frankfurt: An exhibition in three acts, Luisa Del Prete
the ARTicle, September 08, 2020
PRUNE: Cudelice Brazelton & Nicholas Grafia, Cédric Fauq
Shoot the Lobster, September 14, 2019
Performance: Mikołaj Sobczak und Nicholas Grafia
Dortmunder Kunstverein, June 14, 2019