by Ariadna Zierold
Nicholas Ballesteros is a visual artist based in Chicago Illinois. He received his Bachelors degree in Art from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities alongside a design minor. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Fine Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
While his past work has utilized appropriated media to form collages, drawings, and videos his more recent work takes a new direction. Having taught himself to paint through a digitally mediated paint-by-numbers technique, Ballesteros utilizes a conceptually driven painting practice to explore the depths of domesticity and intimate love. Simultaneously the intimate point of view of his collages also reflect outward to the objectified social world of metadata, virtual realities, states of emergency and financial crises.