March 2, 2021

EP. 203 — How Did You Become Such An Amazing Artist? with A’Driane Nieves

We read your Instagram comments. We saw your clamoring for more information on the stunning painting behind Jonathan’s couch—and the artist behind the work. This week, we’re satisfying your curiosity (and ours!) with a conversation between Jonathan and the abstract expressionist painter and writer A’Driane Nieves. A’Driane shares how she developed her art practice, why she’s partial to acrylic paints and massive canvases, what she sees as a more equitable art world, and so much more.


A’Driane Nieves is an interdisciplinary abstract artist, speaker, writer, and the founder of the Tessera Arts Collective and Abstractions Magazine.


On Instagram, you can follow A’Driane @adrianenieves_art; Tessera Arts Collective @tesseraartscollective; and Abstractions Magazine @abstractionsmag. For more of A’Driane’s work, make sure to check out

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JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness and every week I sit down for a 40 minute conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by the artist and writer A’Driane Nieves, where I ask her: How did you become such an amazing artist? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. I am beyond excited to welcome our guest this week, but I do just have to, like, set the stage. This is a guest who I discovered on Instagram, and I became instantly obsessed, to the point where, like, I actually have chills on my thighs and my triceps. What I just said that, when I was thinking about when I discovered this stunning artist. She is a creator, she’s an artist, she is also the founder of the Tessera Arts Collective and Abstractions Magazine, which I’m obsessed with. Welcome to the podcast, A’Driane Nieves. How are you? A’DRIANE NIEVES [00:00:57] Good, hi! Thank you for ha

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