Kristen Neveu constructs mixed media collages and paintings. Her work is often layered with recycled materials and photography, with a theme of Americana and nostalgia threaded into the work, creating patterned, patchwork storybooks that embody a yearning for the past, with an image-based connection to possibilities for the future.
Born in West Point, NY, while her dad was in the military band, Neveu was raised in Indiana and Iowa. After degrees in Communication Studies and Anthropology at The University of Iowa, she moved to Chicago to work at Getty Images. During the adjustment to working in an office all day, she began painting pieces of wood she found discarded in the alley outside of her apartment. It was the artistic outlet she needed. Soon she began creating collages out of recycled magazines and selling her work at art fairs.
In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles to work with Warner Bros. Entertainment’s photo archive, and continued creating artwork in her spare time. In 2013, she moved back to Chicagoland with her husband, playwright and lecturer Brett Neveu, and their daughter, who now reside in Evanston.
Neveu’s work has been widely exhibited at venues across the Midwest and the West Coast, and is a part of many collections. She also collaborates on commissioned paintings with interior designers and clients. Selected gallery exhibitions include a solo show at Tony Fitzpatrick’s Adventureland Gallery, Woman Made Gallery and Polvo in Chicago, Judith Racht Gallery in Michigan and The Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles.