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Sergio Nates (b. Mexico City, 1965) is a San Francisco Bay Area-based and Jewish-Mexican abstract painter. His geometric abstraction paintings demonstrate his training as both an industrial designer and an architect. Some of this work exhibits the strong influence of Mid-20th Century Modernism with contemporary and vibrant colors.


His more recent work is decidedly not geometric. It is balanced and elegant with beautiful explosions of color on strong, saturated backgrounds. It also presents a juxtaposition of the apparent exploding confetti with the delicacy and detail that could be found in a fine old Dutch still life. Undergirding the frequent delicacy is the subtle, strong impasto of the flecks of light and color. This three-dimensional quality invites the viewer to look more deeply and to discover new insights into the work.


Nates graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) School of Industrial Design, and he holds a Master’s Degree in Architectural Monuments Restoration from the same university.


Nates has exhibited extensively in Mexico, particularly in Mexico City. His works have been shown in Guatemala City; Toulouse, France; the Netherlands; and in the United States at the Dallas Museum of Art and the de Young Museum in San Francisco. In 2021 Nates was invited by the Consulate General of Mexico, San Francisco to participate in the Second  and third 

Binational Conference for U.S.-based Mexican artists.


Nates’ studio is in the Benicia Arsenal in Benicia, California.Sergio Nates is a Mexican-American painter based in the San Francisco Bay Area, known for his abstract works that showcase his background in industrial design and architecture. His earlier paintings are characterized by geometric abstraction and a modernist aesthetic, while his more recent work is characterized by a more organic and fluid style, with pops of vibrant color against strong, saturated backgrounds. Nates' paintings often have a three-dimensional quality, with a delicate balance between explosiveness and detail.





2023    Solo Show at the  Mexican Consulate, San Francisco CA.

            Art market San Francisco - Sin Titulo Gallery

            Benicia art open studios, Benicia, CA

            Collective show Corazon Migrante  Tru 23  Mexican Consulates  in the USA. 

            Mexican Consulate invitation ,3rd Binational seminar for Mexican artists based in USA.

            Commissioned logo for the 175 years of the Mexican consulate in San Francisco  CA.

2022    Art market San Francisco - Sin Titulo Gallery

            Art of a Community exhibition Benicia, CA.

            Collective show Corazon Migrante  Tru 23  Mexican Consulates  in the USA. 

            Mexican Consulate invitation ,2nd Binational seminar for Mexican artists based in the United States.

2020    ShockBoxx Galley Minimalism, juried exhibition Hermosa Beach, CA.    

            Arc Gallery Fragments, juried exhibition, San Francisco, CA.

            The de Young Museum The de Young Open, juried art exhibition, San Francisco, CA.

            Awarded Silver: Non-Objective Abstract Art Exhibition. Juried and curated by David Reif at 3 Square Art Fort Collins, CO. 

2019     Benicia art open studios, Benicia, CA. 

2014     Collective show Agora gallery N.Y.

            Solo show Entropia Utopica, Polanco Mexico City.

            Collective show Galeria Mónica Saucedo El Cielo en la Tierra, Colima, MX.

            Collective show Retrouve Arte Psicodelico.

            Collective show Moysen Gallery, San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, MX

2012     Solo show When Money is Transformed, IMAS (international museum of art and science) McAllen, TX.

2011     Solo show Dinero, Galeria Maresa Arevalo, Mexico City.

2010    Collective show Exhibit EDS Galería Torre del Reloj Polanco, Mexico City.

2009    Solo show Presión Tensión, EDS Galeria, Mexico City.

2008    Estacionarte Director 08 Artistic promotion event. Mexico City.

2007    Estacionarte Director 07 Artistic promotion event. Mexico City.

            Collective show Deluge Contemporary Art Gallery, Victoria B.C.

            Collective show, auction of the Grupo de los 16, Mexico City.

2006    Estacionarte Director 06 Artistic promotion event Mexico City.

            Installation “Migrantes”, at Estacionarte 06, Mexico City.

            Collective show “Humanos, no Humanos”, selection for Antimatter Underground Film Festival Victoria, Canada.

            Solo exhibit at Galería Lart 23 Tres, Mexico City.

            Collective show, auction of the Grupo de los 16, Mexico City.

            Collective show Uncensored Solo show Galería Lart 23 Tres, Mexico City.

2005    Solo show "Imágenes Mentales”, Mexico City’s International Airport ASA.

            Solo show Mextilo, Humanos no Humanos, Galería Central, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City.

            Collective show Official Selection of the 18. Dallas Video Festival, at the Dallas Museu of Art and at the Dallas Theater Center                       Art Exhibition, LatinArte-Latino, Dallas, Texas Collective show Galeria Garash, Mexico City.

2004    Solo show “Segmentos de Control” y “Estaciones Terrestres”, La Estancia Galeria cafe, Mexico City.

            Collective Show mural project. SCT Palacio PostaL, Mexico.

            Collective show Casa San Rafael Mexico City.

            Collective show Mexico at The Hague. MartÌn van Boven, Netherlands.

2003    Solo show Imágenes Mentales, Mix-Artmyrys, Toulouse, France.

            Collective show Museo de Arte Moderno Carlos Mérida, Guatemala City.

2002    Solo show Imágenes Mentales, Galería Luís Escobar, Guatemala City.

            Collective show Bloqueos, Santiago,Cuba.

2001     Collective show Por Donde Salta la Liebre, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City.

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