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Samantha Nye is a painter, video and installation artist living in Philadelphia. For the first decade of her life, she was a relatively unsuccessful child model. At five years old she remembers her mother driving her to South Beach casting offices as she energetically rehearsed the line, “Hello, my name is Samantha Nye, and I’m 7 years old... This is my right profile...” She learned early about performance and identity. Her work reframes seduction through reenactments of 1960s pop culture. Her paintings, videos, and installations highlight aging bodies, celebrate queer kinship, and facilitate an intergenerational dialogue about sexuality and pleasure.
Samantha currently has a large-scale video installation at the Arnhem Museum in The Netherlands. In 2022 she had multiple international installations in Korea, and multiple cities in The Netherlands and opened a solo painting show, Attractive People Doing Attractive Things In Attractive Places, at Candice Madey Gallery, NYC. In 2021, her solo video installation My Heart’s In A Whirl at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was written about in The Boston Globe, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and was included in the “Best of 2021” in the Boston Art Review. She subsequently had a painting acquired by The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and was included in a group show called New Light: Encounters and Connections. Her international press includes De Volkskrant, Metropolis M, Trouw, and Het Parool.