Nzuji De Magalhães

Fifteen year experience and expertise in different mediums including painting, drawing, mixed and multi-media, and music.
Active field artist with regional, national and international galleries and museum exhibits.
Recently exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Santa Monica, CA, Hammer Museum in Westwood, CA,
and the Studio Museum in Harlem , NY.
Awarded the Los Angeles Metro Station Expo line commercial art design.
Teaching Assistant for the University of Southern California.
Assisted successful group and individual tutoring sections in art history, drawing, music theory, piano and ESL related subjects.

M.F.A in Studio Art, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 2002
Thesis title “The Cardboard Car” – The project comprised of a published comic book, and an
installation of a built acrylic -painted cardboard car and a spray painted mural in the background.

B.A in Studio Art, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA 2000
Minor in Digital Art
Emphasis in painting, drawing and digital media.

Painting: Acrylic, oil, guache, body paint and fabric paint
Drawing: Pencil, charcoal, and conté
Fiber: Silk, yarn, felt, and cotton.
Technical Skills: CS5, Maya, Illustrator, photoshop, premiere, final cut pro, digicel, and finale
Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, French – Fluent

Music Instructor, ABC Unified School District Bridges Program, Cerritos, CA 2015 – Present
Introduced basic music theory and practice to 8th-12th grade students
Taught basic piano melodies and performance practices
Developed different teaching methods accordance to students needs

Art and Music Instructor, ABC Adult School, Cerritos, CA 2014 – Present
Taught basic and intermediate Piano to adult and senior students
Planned and adjusted courses to different performance levels
Play different music styles to inhance interest.

Tutor, GoldenWest College, Huntington Beach, CA 2005 – Present
Tutor GWC students in art history, drawing, ESL, English composition music theory, art history and piano.
Inform students about their lessons and progress, and advise them on their educational development.
Identify students’ need and utilized auxiliary teaching methods to support students with disability.
Work with instructors and supervisors to improve my teaching methodology to enhance students learning.
Experience working with international, minority, disabled students, and students of retirement age.

Body Artist, Pageant of the Arts, Laguna Beach 2005-Present
Painted themed designs on faces and arms of children and adults during annual art festivals.
Prepared the paints and solutions for the designs, and frequently explained the process of the art
to the client, and answered questions about the process.

Youth Program Instructor, Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, CA 2003 – 2007
Taught drawing, painting and sculpting to children from k-12, and community members.
Planned and adjusted courses to different ages and interests.
Stimulated children’s mental and creative development with craft, games, and music projects.

Art Co-Curator, Backstreet Galleries, Los Angeles, CA 2002-2003
Planned and prepared art exhibits, and music and dance performances. Also selected artists for the exhibits.

Director Assistant, Lucas La France Dance Company, Los Angeles, CA 2002-2003
Responsible for emailing, faxing, and mailing notices to prospective dancers and booking agents. Also, updating
the calendar of events and scheduling meetings.

Teacher Assistant in Ceramics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 2000-2002
Worked with the instructor to improve teaching methods and understanding students abilities.
Taught in teachers absence painting and drawing techniques to the class, and complemented the lessons
with workshops and art exhibit visits.
Assisted students in preparing and completing assigned projects, and informed them regularly of their next
tasks and progress.


Metro Station, Santa Monica at Bundy and Exposition 2012-2015

Chiaro Scuro (Collaboration with Bianca Hall): CalState Fullerton, CA 2008
Timeless (Collaboration with Laila Scharf): EVOCAL, Costa Mesa, CA 2008
Daqui Dai (From Here to There): Boxheart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2005
UCI 1st Annual Studio Art Alumni Invitational: Irvine, CA 2003

Hard Edge: California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2015
Incognito 11: Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA 2015
PUN, People’s United Nations: Hammer Museum, Westwood, CA 2015
One Peace: William Grant Still Art Center , Los Angeles, CA 2015
Incognito 10: Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA 2014
Open: Papillion Art Gallery, Leimert Park, CA 2014
Brewery Annex LA Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2013
Motown to Def Jam: Neiman Art Center, and La Maison d’Art gallery, 2013
Harlem NY
Give & Take: The Currency of Culture: University of Syracuse Community 2013
Folk Art Center, Syracuse NY
Assemble Required: Selections from the permanent collection: Studio Museum 2013
in Harlem, Harlem, NY
Made in LA Biennial Exhibition: Hammer Museum, CA 2012
Romare Bearden Centennial Exhibition: Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY 2011
Who, What, Wear: Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY 2011
Plain Art Project: Tel Aviv, Israel 2011
The Garden of Forking Paths: Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA 2011
Quadruple Consciousness: Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA 2010
Embracing Ambiguity Faces of the Future: CSU Fullerton Main Art Gallery 2010
Fullerton, CA
Younger Than Jesus Exhibit: New Museum, New York, NY 2009
Collected. Propositions On The permanent Collection: Studio Museum in Harlem, 2009
New York, NY
California African American Museum “Inside My Head” Exhibit 2009
The Sacred Art Exhibition, Box Art Galleries: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008
Art Inter/National: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2008
The Sacred Art Exhibition: Box Art Galleries: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
The Performance Archive – Restricted Area, Los Angeles, CA 2007
The 6th Annual Art Inter/ National: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2007
Hillel Art Gallery: Global, Los Angeles, CA 2007
Steve Turner Gallery: Efface, Beverly Hills, CA 2006
Palos Verdes Art Center: Bling 2006
The 5th Annual Art Inter/National Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2006
Frequency: Studio Museum in Harlem: New York, NY 2006
Grand Opening Art Exhibit: MOAD Museum, San Francisco, CA 2005
Woman of the African Diaspora:Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois 2005
Follow Me: A Fantasy – Arena 1 Gallery, Long Island, NY 2005
WHAT?! A Mixed Media Exhibit: Tillford Art Group Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2004
The Sacred Art Exhibition:Box Art Galleries: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2004
The Silk Road to the Future Silk painting exhibition: Beijing, China 2004
Arts Festival Recipient: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2004
ARTIVISM Art exhibit: Festival Gallery at the Egyptian Theater, Hollywood, CA 2004
Folk Art Museum and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Presents:
African American Artists in Los Angeles A Survey Exhibition-Fade 1990-2003, 2004
3rd Annual Art Inter/National Exhibition: Box Art Galleries, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2004
3rd Annual Anniversary Exhibition: Box Art Galleries, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2003
The Spirit of the Kongo Arts Festival: Backstreet Galleries, Los Angeles, CA 2003
to believe much more than that: UCLA Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2002
MFA Thesis Show: USC F-Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2002
Backstreet Galleries Present: “Women of Color”, Los Angeles, CA 2002
USC 5th Annual Spring Festival of the Arts Global Address present: “A Better Life
Beckons”, Los Angeles, CA 2002
“Thinking Gender”: UCLA/USC Graduate Student Research Conference, 2001
Los Angeles, CA
USC Graduate Fine Arts Department Open House Group Show II 2001
Backstreet Galleries present, “Political, Feminist, Edge Women Salute” 2001
“PIXX”: Watts Towers Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA 2000
“Come In to My Hole”: USC Graduate Fine Arts Department Open House 2000
Group Show

NOV 21, 1963: The Day Before: Peter Norton Symphony Space 2013
Made in LA Biennial: Hammer Museum, CA 2012

Tiny Bigfoot’s Big Choice: Bookstand publishing, collaboration with Jennie Bragraw 2014

Creating a Scene: LA Weekly 2014
PIA Gallery Institutes New Era: The Morningside Park Chronicle 2014
The Bearden Project: The Studio Museum in Harlem Catalog 2012
Hammer Museum Catalog: Nzuji de Magalhães: Made In LA 2012
Made in L.A. Looks beyond city of Angels: O.C Register 2012
Made In L.A: Nzuji de Magalhães: I’M YOURS 2012
Is the Hammer’s Biennial Hateable Enough? BLOUIN ARTINFO 2012
Made in L.A. Looks beyond city of Angels: O.C Register 2012
Made in LA Biennial Exhibition Catalog 2012
Quadruple Consciousness: Vox Populi Art Catalog 2011
Embracing Ambiguity -Faces of the Future: Cal State Fullerton Art Gallery Catalog 2010
Bling: Palos Verdes Art Center Catalog 2006
Cobertor de Paz (Cover): Loggernaut reading series 2006
Bling Rings True at Art Center: Palos Verdes Peninsula News 2006
Linkages and Themes in the African Diaspora Art Catalog 2005
Frequency: The studio Museum in Harlem Art Catalog 2005
Art against the past: New York Daily News 2005
Art of Luminosity: 2005
Studio (SMH Magazine): Collector’s issue 2005
Follow Me’ at Arena 1 Gallery: Artweek Magazine 2005
F space: USC Graduate Art Catalog 2002
UCLA art department explores diversity of beliefs in exhibit: Daily Bruin 2002

Nominee Rema Hort Mann Foundation 2014
Residency at Franz Mayer of Munich, Germany 2013
Finalist Los Angeles Metro Station Public Art Project 2013
Residency at The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Sarasota, FL 2012
Speaker UCI Fine Arts Graduation Commencement 2009
Speaker UCI Arts Career Panelist 2009
Disney Black History Month Art Honorarium 2006
Legends of China Silk Art First Place Award Recipient: Beijing, China 2004
Speaker UCI Arts Career 2004

Ms. Eileen Norton Art Collection 2003, 2006, 2014
Ms. Virginia Mack-Ross Art Collection 2006
Mr. Thurman V. White, Jr. Art Collection 2006
Studio Museum in Harlem Art Collection 2006
Mr. Michael Lynne Art Collection 2006
Mr. David Allen Grier Art Collection 2005
Ms. CCH Pounder-Kone Art Collection 2004
Mr. Lyndon Barrois and Ms. Janine Barrois Art Collection 2004
Dr. Joy Simmons Art Collection 2004

825 LAAA Gallery, Los Angeles
Papillion Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY
Box Heart Art Gallery, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania