Nelson Cheng (b. 1986) explores his lived experiences through compositional studies exploring colour, shape and linework. Prior to practicing art, Cheng studied graphic design and holds a Bachelor of Design Honours (BDes) from York University/Sheridan Institute. He also worked in architecture and holds a Masters of Architecture (MArch) from the University of Toronto. Cheng’s artwork is heavily influenced by these disciplines, leading him to explore the compositional paradox between two-dimensional representation of three-dimensional space in his most recent paintings.

Cheng is the inaugural winner of the Landscape Artist of the Year Canada Series (2020). His artwork has been featured in the McMichael Canadian Collection in Kleinburg. He is also the recipient of the Murray and Marvelle Koffler Founder’s Award for distinguished emerging artists at the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair. He has also been featured in the publications Distillery District Magazine and Toronto Star.

Artist CV

Nelson Cheng
b. Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada



2008      Bachelor of Design Honours York University / Sheridan Institute
2012      Masters of Architecture, University of Toronto


2020     Inaugural Winner, Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, CBC and Makeful TV, Canada
2019      Murray and Marvelle Koffler Founder’s Award, 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
2017      Best of Show Painting Artwalk in the Square, Artist Network, Toronto



2020    Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, Canada
2019, JUL     Landscape Group Show, City of Vaughan, JEH Macdonald House, Kleinburg, Canada
2017, DEC    Group Show, Northern Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2017, AUG    TWAC Art Space Juried Show, Toronto West Arts Collaborative, Toronto, Canada
2017, SEP    Spirit of Canada Group Exhibition, Gallery at Rosedale United, Toronto, Canada



2018-2020   The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2018, 2019   Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
2019, NOV   Daegu Art Fair, Daegu, South Korea
2017, AUG   Artwalk in the Square, Artist Network, Toronto
2017, JUL    Riverdale Art Walk, Artist Network, Toronto



2020   Landscape Artist of the Year Canada, CBC Gem and Makeful TV, Canada
2018   City Insights, The Toronto Star, July 28, 2018
2018   Artist Feature, Distillery District Magazine, April 2018, Volume 23

Public Speaking

2018, JAN        Artist Talk at Don Valley Art Club, Toronto, Canada


Earls Restaurants Toronto
Ace Hotel Toronto
Vu Condos, Toronto
The Lockwood DC, Washington DC


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