Photo of Alfonso Nieves Ruiz

Alfonso Nieves Ruiz

Evanston, IL, United States

Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves Ruiz is a self-taught artist from Queretaro, Mexico who moved to Chicago in 1997. He is a skilled sculptor who works primarily with clay, metal, and recycled materials to create dramatic, surreal pieces that deal with social issues. While Nieves draws upon his Mexican upbringing for many of his sculptures, the themes he explores are universal to all of humanity. Piloto is also an art teacher and has been sharing his knowledge with youth and adults through workshops in community centers, parks, and schools around Chicago and its suburbs since 2004. Recently he exhibited his work in Cabeza de Barro, one of the most successful shows at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Alfonso's ArtPrize Entries

These are Alfonso's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.

  • Photo of Social Cognitive Learning

    Social Cognitive Learning

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Alfonso Nieves Ruiz
    More Details

Alfonso's Past Work

These are images of past work that Alfonso has done.

  • Alfonso's past work
  • Alfonso's past work
  • Alfonso's past work