Born Buffalo, NY, 1990

Lives and works in Pilsen, Chicago, IL


2017 Student-at-large, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 BA with honors in Visual Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008-2010 Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, CA

Group Shows

2018 Waterworld, Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College, Chicago, IL

2017 Gødbottom, Condo Association, Chicago, IL

2017 Material Kink, Leather Archives and Museum, Chicago, IL

2017 Soft Sculpture, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL

2016 Homoccult 2.0, Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo and ArtSpace México, Mexico City, Mexico

2016 Angel Egg, naomiFINEARTS, Chicago, IL

2015 Cuerpos Consumidos, Centro Cultural del México Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 Aesthetic Disorder, Archer Beach House, Chicago, IL

2014 Walk All Over Me, Pinky Swear, Chicago, IL

2014 Art Jocks, Church of Templehead, Chicago, IL

2014 P o r n A g a i n, Bijou Theatre, Chicago, IL

2013 PR3MIUM ÖPT!ONZ, Mana Contemporary. Chicago, IL

2012 The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics, Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 something to press up against, BA thesis exhibition, Logan Center Gallery at the iUniversity of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2012 Den, Studio 411, Provincetown, MA

2011 Origins, South Side Hub of Production, Chicago, IL

Curatorial Projects

2018 (upcoming) Curator and director of Science (is not) Fair (supported by DCASE)

2016-17 Co-curator/director at Showboat Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014-16 Co-curator/director at 1618 W 17th, Chicago, IL

2016 PiNKEYE, in conjunction with naomi FINEARTS, Chicago, IL

2015 Currency Exxxchange, in conjunction with S+S Project, Chicago, IL

Grants and Awards

2018 Chicago Department of Cultural and Special Events Grant

Student Fine Arts Fund grant recipient, 2011

Festival of the Arts at the University of Chicago grant recipient, 2012

Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts recipient, 2012

Press and Reviews

Intimate Justice: David Nasca Sixty Inches from Center Magazine

Hyper Allergic

New City

Time Out Chicago

Chicago Maroon


David Nasca makes sculptures that draw upon themes of queer futurity, reimagined biology, and personal fantasy. He contrasts materials and methods, playing the organic off the synthetic and the industrial off the crafted. He frequently utilizes leather, a material with a long association with specific–often hyper-masculine–subcultures and objects. However, his methods, which involve subverting these traditions of leather culture and craft, are more akin to the feminine vocabulary of fiber arts. Working in this disjuncture, he strives to create a world populated by human/object hybrids, futurist organisms, and post-op gender unassigneds with bespoke genitalia.


Studio visits in Pilsen, Chicago by appointment