Superheroes of art: Former Crestview artist encounters legendary Stan Lee

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 04:31 AM.

"I was speechless. I was awestruck. He was the man who created The Avengers. He was Spider-Man. He was the Fantastic Four."

But the story doesn't end with that encounter with the 91-year-old hero of the superheroes. Kobiyashi had a proposal.

"She said, 'How do you feel about traveling with your art?" and extended an invitation for Nieves to exhibit at Kamikaze, Stan Lee's personal show, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2, the artist said.

Teacher by day, artist by night

Nieves creates his pieces at night after teaching sixth through eighth-grade art at Legacy Middle School in East Orlando. As N.E.H.S., his fame has grown, especially following his visit with Lee and an interview on

"People have been coming out of the woodwork to support me. They buy my art," Nieves said. "I'm still teaching but I'm still doing my art. I'm up to 2 or 3 in the morning to do my art.

"I've just been asking God, 'What's my next move here?' I love my teaching, I love my kids, but it's really getting hard."

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