About Nina R. Salerno

Los Angeles-based artist Nina R. Salerno is known for her psychologically charged videos and photographic works.  PERFECT REJECT explores the issues around revitalization and questions the relationship between art and play. The process is intended to blur these boundaries and question how they are defined from the aesthetic position. Past work explores themes of language, the body, and addresses social and psychological issues that are topical. Juxtaposing language and image with humor to illustrate contemporary identity. Her work has been featured internationally in exhibitions at venues including The J. Getty Museum, California; LACE, California; Long Beach Museum, California; The New Museum, New York; and the Biennale de Paris, France. She holds a B.F.A and M.F.A from California Institute of the Arts. .


Master of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts 1981

Selected Exhibitions

2016 “Vacant Projects LA”- Vacant Projects LA, Los Angeles, CA

2016 “Familiar Strangers” – Carrington Arts, Sandusky, Ohio

2016 “Art Bern 2: Portraits and Art Inspired by Bernie Sanders” Future Studio Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015 “DOLLMINATION” – The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 “Northwest Passages: Armory Northwest Celebration” Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

1987 “2001” Loughelton Gallery, New York, NY

1985 “LA Recent Designs in Fashion and Furniture” Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

1983 “Headhunters” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA

1982 “The American Dream: Mediated”  Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA

1982 “LA Uncensored” Danceteria, New York, NY

1982 “Not Just For Laughs”, The New Museum, New York, NY

1980 “California Video” Biennale de Paris (traveled)

Exhibition Catalogs

2008 “California Video” J. Getty Museum

1982 “Not Just For Laughs” The New Museum, essay by Marcia Tucker

“Headhunters” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) essay by Timothy Martin and Patti Podesta

1981 Xle Biennale de Paris, essay by Louise Lewis 1980 “California Video” Long Beach Museum of Art, essay by Louise Lewis

1979 “Video Tapes by Woman from the LA Women’s Center”, Australian and New Zealand Tour, essay by Candace Comptom


1981 Ahmanson Foundation Scholarship

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