Samantha Nye (b. 1980, Hollywood, FL)
is a painter and video, performance, and installation artist concerned with capturing the beauty of aging. Through the lenses of pop culture, camp, and stylized erotica, Nye’s paintings and video art invent utopias where intergenerational exchanges between womxn in trans-inclusive spaces expand the parameters of love, sex, agency, and belonging. A native of Hollywood, FL, Nye’s first introduction to performance was as a self-described, relatively unsuccessful child model. Her early lessons about performance and identity have directed her studio practice—in painting, video, and installation—towards investigations of “seduction through reenactment.” Nye received her BA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, MA. In 2021, she was the focus of My Heart’s In a Whirl
, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that explored beauty across generations. Nye has also been featured in museum exhibitions at the Lehman College Art Gallery, NY; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, NY; Museum Arnhem, the Netherlands; and Columbia University’s Wallach Gallery, among countless gallery exhibitions. Nye currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.