Nelson Saiers is a New York artist who has a notable background in the financial industry. Before 2014, he ran a proprietary trading group as a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank AG and served as the Chief Investment Officer of derivatives based hedge fund Saiers Capital. He completed his Ph.D. in mathematics in just one year at the age of 23. He studied algebraic topology. His artistic achievements include long-term solo exhibitions at Alcatraz Prison and Harvard’s Leverett House, as well as the display of his artwork in various galleries in New York City. Saiers also placed a 9-foot inflatable rat adorned with bitcoin references and code in front of the Federal Reserve in New York City, paying tribute to Satoshi Nakamoto and protests. Additionally, on Black Friday, he attached “Black Friday Special 50% off” signs to the benches within certain galleries of the Metropolitan Art Museum. He has been described as the “Warhol of Wall Street”. 

Get to Know Me

What are the most challenging aspects of your work?

I'm an artist who often incorporates mathematics into my art. The pieces typically have a complex story line filled with references from a range of fields including history, math, finance, art history, etc. But I think the complex storyline and heavy use of mathematics is quite unique.

How did you begin your career in the art world?

I had my first show at Studio Vendome gallery in New York City.

If you could have dinner with 3 artists from the past- who would they be?

I would love to sit down with Michelangelo, Cezanne, and Kandinsky. This is why... Few reach the heights of Michelangelo. Cezanne attempts to answer interesting questions, and I think Kandinsky used music as a basis for art. I'm attempting to use mathematics. The approach I'm taking is different, but I think there is a bit of an analogue.