Nicolas Cheng lives and works in Stockholm.


He earned a BA from the Design Academy Eindhoven (2006). Shortly afterwards he joined Fabrica, a research centre for contemporary communication in Treviso, Italy. He holds an MFA from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design (2010) and a PhD from the University of Gothenburg (2019). Part of his artistic research focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to craft and jewellery practice, and its relationship to geopolitics, materiality and environmental humanities. With his multicultural background and interdisciplinary perspective, Cheng's artistic practice takes into consideration the response-ability of craft and its role in a complex material world. In 2020, he was one of the recipients on Blumhardt Foundation's inaugural residency, hosted by Objectspace in New Zealand. 


While maintaining an individual studio practice, in 2011, he initiated Conversation Piece with fellow artist Beatrice Brovia. The collaborative practice is a hands-on study on interdependency: a reflection on making together with/through conversation, friction, and a dialogic space where notions of authorship and self-reliance are challenged.  


His individual and collaboration work has been published and exhibited internationally, among venues such as Pinakothek der Moderne (DE), Stedelijk Museum‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL), RIAN Designmuseum (SE), Triennale Design Museum (IT), Design Miami/Basel (US/CH), Asia Society Hong Kong Centre (HK), Z33 - House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture, Hasselt (BE), Galleri F15, Moss (NO), Cheongju International Craft Biennale (KR), Sanit-Etienne Design Biennale (FR), MAD - The Museum of Arts and Design ​(US), The Dowse Art Museum (NZ), Schmuck, IHM (DE).

Beside his artistic practice, since 2013, he has regularly been invited by art institutions and independent organisations as guest teacher and discussant, to give lectures/seminars about his artistic research as well as collaborative practice and to offer subject-specific workshops.


2020  Animacy, Objectspace, Auckland (NZ) 

2019  World Wide Workshop: The Craft of Noticing, RIAN Designmusuem, Falkenberg (SE)

2019  Craft Remediation, Barklund & Co., Stockholm (SE)

2017  Gold Rush, Maurer Zilioli Contemporary Arts, Munich (DE) 

2017  Friction - Resonace, Konsthantverkarna, Stockholm (SE)

2015  Terrior, Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam (NL)

2014  dé cor  dé cor, Galerie de Zaal, Delft (NL)

2014  Beyond Repair, Bukowskis, Stockholm (SE) 

2013  Chinoiseries, Galerie Caroline Van Hoek, Brussels (BE)

2011  Façades, Design Miami/Basel - Design On/Site, Basel (CH) 

2011  On The Doorway, Ventura Lambrate during Salone del Mobile, Milan (IT) 

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