Alfonso Piloto Nieves-Ruiz


Art is the materialization of ideas and feelings that take shape according to how each individual perceives the world.

Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves-Ruiz is a self-taught artist who was born in Querétaro, México. Piloto moved to Chicago at the age of 21. Although he made art throughout his childhood and youth, it was when he turned 24 that he started to dedicate his time to the world of art.

He has displayed his art in many venues, including the National Museum of Mexican Art, the lawn of the Field Museum, Navy Pier, 33 Contemporary Gallery, Garfield Park Conservatory, CU Museum of Natural History, the Boulder Public Library, The Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, UIC, Elmhurst College, One State Together in the Arts, among many other venues.

Piloto was awarded the 2015 Latino Leadership Award by the city of Evanston. He also received an honorable mention in the Mayor’s awards for the arts.

Most recently Piloto co-created a 30-foot sculpture with Chicago’s muralist, Hector Duarte. This sculpture is part of the Burnham Wildlife Corridor Gathering Spaces for the Field Museum and the city of Chicago.

Alfonso “Piloto” Nieves-Ruiz is perhaps best known for his work with the community. He has created sculptures with different groups for the immigration marches and other actions such as Standing Rock. He has given art workshops focused on different social justice issues around the country at museums, city parks, community centers, libraries and many schools from kindergartens to universities.