Cekis (Nelson Rivas) career as a visual artist began within the streets of his native Santiago, Chile. He started painting murals in 1992 while still attending in high school. He was deeply Inspired by New York graffiti culture, and Chilean political mural propaganda from the 70’s and 80’s. In the mid/late 90’s his artwork was at the helm of a new generation of artists from the streets of South America.His murals transcended communities, and helped to create a new popular appeal for street culture in Chile. Today he is recognized as one of the pioneers of the hip hop graffiti movement in Latin America.Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions
2003- Expo Graffiti, Alpes Institute, Santiago ChileGroup art exhibition “Taller Experimental Cuerpos Pintados”, Santiago Chile.
2005- ACB Fundraiser Art show, The Showroom Gallery, NYGraffiti got game : part 2, Aurora Gallery, NY.
2006- Group. Exhibition, Dead End Gallery, NY.
2007- 13th Annual ArtWalk NY, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYThe walls belong to us, Group show at Powerhouse Arena, NY.YMI Group show, Ad Hoc Art Space, NYVisual Slang:The modern urban imagination, Abrons Arts Center, NY.País de Poetas: Contemporary art & artists from Santiago to Brooklyn, BRIC’s Rotunda Gallery, NYHome & Away: The Spaces we inhabit, The Bronfman Center Gallery NYU
2008- 14th Annual ArtWalk NY, Metropolitan Pavilion, NYCBecoming: Visions of Childhood, The Bronfman Center Gallery New York University, NY.
2009- Chile Style, Carmichael Gallery, Los AngelesLive to change something through art, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn.Expressions for Social Justice, The Bronfman Center Gallery New York University, NY.Ode to the Spraycan, 1AM Gallery, San francisco-California- USA.
2011- Paraiso Urbano: Chile graffiti and street art, Gallerie Itinerrance, Paris, France.CH.ACO, Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Santiago ChileMartha Cooper: Remix, Carmicael Gallery, Los AngelesSomething’s Missing, The Bronfman Center Gallery, NYU2013 Solo Exhibition, Biarritz Festival Latin Amerique, Biarritz France.Installation painting “La Tour Paris 13” , Gallerie Itinerrance, Paris France.
2014- “Latin Explorations”, group exhibition at Yves Laroche Gallery, Montreal Canada.2015“Entre Muros”, group exhibition at MYA Gallery, London England.
2018- “13th District” Street Art Fair, with Galería Lira, Paris France.