Kimo Nelson is a painter whose extensive travel and backcountry wilderness experiences provide the foundation for his artistic practice. He was born in Honolulu, HI and grew up moving between the US, SE Asia, and the Middle East. Kimo studied painting and drawing at Lewis & Clark College and the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. He went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received an MFA in painting with honors in 2012. He is the recipient of two graduate fellowships from RISD and was included on the commended scholars list at OCAC. He has been an organizer and participant for the Signal Fire artist residency program based in Portland, OR. Kimo has exhibited nationally at galleries and non-profit spaces including Danese/Corey Gallery and Gallery 532 Thomas Jaeckel in New York, NY, Projekt 722 in Brooklyn, NY, Disjecta in Portland, OR, and Chase Young in Boston, MA. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

January 2017 feature with Kimo Nelson