Nina Cayou

Lost Wing, Oil on Wooden Panel, 10 x 8 inches, 2020

Boredom, Oil and Acrylic on Wooden Panel, 10 x 8 inches, 2020

Plastic Apple?, Oil on Wooden Panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2019

Happy Birthday, Oil on Wooden Panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2020

Nina Cayou

[BFA] Painting

My work consists mostly of oil paintings that I create through still-lifes of found objects. Since I was young I’ve always had the need to pick up anything off of the ground. These objects could be made from metal, crushed nails or screws, pop tabs, leaves or broken glass. These found items are put into my own collection at home in jars and color glasses on display. Not every object I look at starts with the found and discarded. Some of my paintings have objects that have been passed down to me and hold meaning to my heritage as both Native American and Hispanic.


Nina Cayou is a visual artist who grew up on the Omaha Macy Reservation and now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nina will earn her Bachelors of Fine Arts in December 2021. She is half Native American and half Hispainic with some of her art focusing on her heritage. Her work mainly consists of oil paintings created through realism based off of  light reflection and refractions from still-lifes that consist of glasses, cups and small found objects.