With a degree in psychology and graduate work in “art for special populations” now called art therapy, Pineda seeks to merge her memories of growing up in a small Mexican colony outside Shafter, with the reality of being a Chicana in modern America. As a child, she worked beside her family in the fields. As a adult, she worked in migrant education and human relations. Hands reaching out and around the vessel forms symbolized this coming together of communities and culture.



Nora Pineda passionately speaks from her roots. Her forms appear as stories in the round as she transforms and mutates a magic fusion of colors, shapes and a way of life. Although she is influenced by her Mexican culture, she does not think of herself as anyone but an artist with messages to reveal ... Pineda vividly speaks to healing. Her works show great depth of emotion, celebration, suffering, and cultural bonding. In this way her elegant and beautiful vessel forms reach out beyond her hands to symbolize the togetherness of communities and culture.



Combining her love of the earth and healing with her hands, sculptor Nora Pineda brings her personal beliefs and experiences to her artwork. Like the many aspects or each person’s life, her artwork is multi-faceted. As the sculptures are rotated slightly, new shapes begin to come into view of a different yet complimentary theme. This helps create a flowing, rhythmic feel to my art.  The images she chooses are personal symbols that tie in with humanity and the earth.



Nora's Feature Interview

"Crossing Cultural Borders" at Ceramic's Monthly




My desire in my clay creations is to express the “Human Spirit” as infinite,
all knowing and always in a state of grace.

- Nora Pineda


In her decades-spanning practice and drawing from her Mexican cultural heritage, Nora Pineda’s complex ceramics tie together modern abstraction and ancient mythology in a wholly unique way. Inspired by her Mexican heritage, Pineda’s pieces incorporate characters that symbolize the way of life of Mexicans throughout the ages. She brings them to life with deep, undulating lines and stylized faces that are extremely expressive. Everything, from the amount of lines used to the size of their bodies, carries significance in the story each piece tells. Pineda uses a variety of finishes – matte, textured, glossy – and a palette that can either be turned up or muted depending on the narrative.

An important feature of Pineda’s pieces is that they are created in the round, with the piece truly operating as a three-dimensional object. These are not straight sculptures, but forms inspired by the traditional use of ceramics: the vessel. Pineda’s shapes come directly from altered forms and manipulation of clay, and many of these forms are even functioning vessels. This is another example of how the artist brings ancient tradition together with new aesthetic ideas.

Pineda was born in Bakersfield, California and has been extremely active in the California art scene for many years. She has also won several prestigious awards for her work.





Nora Pineda will be attending The Intergalactic Open exhibition! This fine art exhibit is hosted by, ShockBoxx Gallery, a destination for art, art enthusiasts, art collectors and special events located in Hermosa Beach, California. Show dates: January 25th to February 8th. Reception: Saturday, January 25th from 7pm to 9pm at 2309 Pacific Coast Highway, Unit 207
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Please join Nora for this exhibit!



Join Nora at Women in Art - 2020! This exhibition is dedicated to the spirit and creativity of all women artists, past and present. The exhibit will take place at Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, California. Show dates: March 5th to March 28th. Reception: Thursday, March 5th from 7pm to 9pm at 577 S Coast Hwy - Unit A-1, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. 



POSTPONED DUE TO COVID. PLEASE CHECK BACK. Nora Pineda will be attending 2020 Chico Home & Garden Show! This fine art and home decor show is the largest and finest of Home Shows in Northern California. Not only is Chico a wonderful community with the third largest city park in the country, it abounds with homeowners with equity. Join Nora at July 25 & 26, 2020! 



Nora Pineda will be exhibiting with Fusion Art Gallery in an online fine art gallery event!  Founded by award winning Fine Artist, Chris Hoffman & Valerie Hoffman, Fusion Art's mission is to promote and connect emerging and established artists with collectors and art enthusiasts, while offering the opportunity to participate in art experiences, art related education, engage in dialogue with artists, and purchase fine works of art.
Stay tuned tuned for exhibit details and dates! 



Join Nora at this online exhibit with the prestigious Knox Contemporary Gallery of Art! Pineda's work will be on display at “XPOSED - Naked and Not Afraid” Second Annual Celebration and Exploration of the Human Figure, Sexuality & Identity. This juried exhibition boasts unique and expressive works of art that celebrates and explores the Human Figure, Sexuality & Identity in it’s first online exhibition,



POSTPONED DUE TO COVID. PLEASE CHECK BACK.  Nora Pineda will be exhibiting at Mona Niko Gallery as part of the Abstracted Visions gallery show! This fine art gallery has a principal focus of the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture.
Visit the exhibition August 1 to August 28, 2020.



Nora Pineda will be attending 2020 California Open! The 15th Annual 2020 California Open is a national juried competition celebrating contemporary and modern art. TAG Gallery is a fine art gallery in Los Angeles, California representing award-winning contemporary artists working in all mediums and styles. Join Nora at this exceptional fine art extravaganza from September 9–October 1, 2020 and featured online. Get the details here!



Nora Pineda is headed to New York City for her annual fine art exhibit with, Agora Gallery. A gathering of several accomplished international artists will be featured at this fine art extravaganza. Exhibit dates are October 27 to November 17, 2021. Reception is October 29 at 6 pm EST at Agora Gallery located at 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001.



POSTPONED TO 2021 DUE TO COVID. Nora Pineda will be attending Art Expo New York! The largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers, Artexpo New York presents over 400 local, national, and international galleries and publishers, along with pioneering independent artists and photographers in the [SOLO] Project, exhibiting thousands of forward-thinking, boundary-pushing works. There will be something for every space, taste, and budget. Join Nora in October! Learn more.


Nora's work on display at the prestigious Shanghai International Art Fair! This art extravaganza is part of the Yangtze River Delta International Industries Expo (iCiE) established to celebrate the development of the region’s cultural industries. It is China’s largest Cluster for international cultural trade. The event expects 80,000 attendees including 15,000 professional buyers. The Shanghai International Art Fair takes place November 19 through 22, 2020. Learn more here




POSTPONED TO 2021 DUE TO COVID. Nora Pineda will be attending Red Dot Miami! Red Dot Miami is a curated gallery-only contemporary art fair during Miami Art Week. In addition to showcasing 75 of the top galleries from around the world, Red Dot Miami features a provocative agenda that includes site-specific installations, ongoing collaborations with our partners, and specially commissioned events that take place during the fair. Join Nora at Red Dot, December 2020! 



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