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

BIO | Hand Built Ceramic & Sculpture

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 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. The exhibit will be held at Agora Gallery located at 530 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001.



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 November!



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. Get your complimentary tickets here. Join Nora at Red Dot, December 2021!



Nora Pineda will be attending Fusion Art's 5th Annual Group Show. Fusion Art was envisioned and formed out of a passion for art and the artists who create it. The gallery's objective is to provide artists with worldwide exposure and the opportunity to compete for additional exhibitions and awards. Group show date is yet TBD however the event will be held at Fusion Art Gallery in Palm Springs, California.



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