A native of Southern California, Nery Gabriel Lemus was born in Los Angeles, in 1977. Raised from immigrant parents of Guatemala, he grew up with a bi-cultural experience, which has informed the subject matter in his practice. Within his work, he addresses themes that stem from his experiences growing up as an inner city youth, particularly cross-cultural polemics. Lemus received his BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (2007) and his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California (2009). Lemus also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (2008).
His work has been featured is several group exhibitions including, OZ: New Offerings From Angel City at Museo Regional Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the 09 New Insight exhibition, curated by Sussanne Ghez, at Art Chicago, V Bienal Internacional de Estandartes at CECUT in Tijuana, Mexico, Common Ground at the California African American Museum and The Seventh House, at Project Row Houses, Houston. Lemus has also had solo shows at Steve Turner Contemporary and Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.