Artist Biography

Nicole Strafaci is a multi-media artist currently focused on mixed-media collage. She has created wearable art and has written and performed solo plays. The artist lived in Los Angeles for 13 years. LA expanded her creative repertoire to include performance, writing and fashion. Currently based in Frenchtown NJ , Nicole grew up in Central NJ. She received a BFA in Photography from Montclair State University in 1994 with studies abroad in Italy and Holland. Her love of collage began in the darkroom when she witnessed portraits appear in the developer. The transition from photographic live subject to printed image was a defining experience for her akin to a sort of psychological collage. She began cutting and pasting; creating her first collages . One of these early works was sold to Director of Imaging and Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.  Vintage fabrics are a central component in her current work as well as image transfers, paper collage, painting, drawing and text .

Nicole's work is included in private collections in the US and abroad and she has participated in many juried group shows and 8 solo exhibitions. She was awarded  "Best of Show"  by renowned art critic David Levi Strauss at Westbeth Gallery, NYC just 2 years after graduating from college. She has had her work reviewed and praised by legendary photographer Duane Michals. Nicole was commissioned to create wearable art for NY Times best selling author Kami Garcia and has sold her collage cards to boutiques and stores including Neiman Marcus and Barneys.

Artist Statement

I think of my pieces as portals; gateways to an energy vortex of creativity. "Your work is deceptively powerful because it conveys information on a wavelength that is a bit mysterious. I think your pieces are tapped into something huge and I feel a kind turbulence viewing them that tells me to investigate further. To be clear this is a "kind" turbulence not a violent turbulence. It is not a turbulence that repels but one that compels you to tolerate and absorb something unknown but at once so familiar." - Ed Canzano art patron

 

In the studio, I am constantly playing with a relationship of conscious choice and chance; intentional mark making and also the unexpected beautiful accidents.  My collage paintings are composed of paper and fabric collage, image transfers, painting and drawing.  I view my work as a kind of self portrait and believe that art is a powerful vehicle for self exploration. It can also be a tool for communicating on a more universal level. I hope to bridge this gap between the personal and universal. "I have a visceral reaction to your work. There is a quality about it that speaks to my own history I guess. Indeed that is what we hope for in all art." - Denise Nelson Interior Designer and art patron.

Mixed media collage is not only the physical art I create, but a technique that permeates my daily experience. In my studio I shuffle 100 music stations; an unexpected tune shifts my mood and allows for a more expansive view. Every morning I create wearable collage on my body. For me, dressing is the most direct expression of art and collage. The human body is the ultimate walking, breathing canvas.

I grew up in a home filled with Victorian furniture and a varied enormous collection of tchotchkes. These odd juxtapositions made a lasting impression and instilled an affinity for collage. My mother's vintage business also inspired my work and exposed me to  wonderful colorful and patterned vintage fabric, clothing and treasure hunting . Scouring thrift and antique shops, I find beauty and inspiration in discarded objects . On a walk, I stumble upon a bright colored button and am instantly transported down a path; a gateway towards a new work . 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019

  • DreamWhirl: Paintings and Performance Video , M Galleries, Washington, NJ 

2011

  • Postcard Paintings: Images of Beauty, Aequanimitas Boutique and Gallery, Portland, OR

2009

  • In a Box: Paintings,Dolls,Collage, Sirens Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000

  • Nicole Strafaci New Work - Paintings and Drawings, Harold and Maude's, Orlando, FL

1999

  • Selected New Work - Nicole Strafaci, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando FL

1998

  • Brujodada and the Millennium present Letters to Myself, The Mill, Winter Park, FL

1997

  • Letters to Myself , The Fringe Gallery, Newark, NJ

  • Revolution, Harold and Maude's , Orlando, FL

1995

  • 8/2/70, The Watchung Arts Center , Watchung, NJ

 

Group Exhibitions

2019

  • The Center for Contemporary Art Members Exhibition and Sale, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ - awarded " Award of Excellence" 

  • Trout, RESSARTS Projects, Frenchtown, NJ

  • The Hunterdon Art Tour Kickoff Celebration Exhibition, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 

  • Cinco de Madre Mother-Love Art Market - a Hunterdon Art Tour Group venue, RESSARTS Projects, Frenchtown, NJ 

  • Archetypes , RESSARTS Projects, Frenchtown, NJ 

  • "Nightmares Become Beauty - Collage Paintings ", Galeria Vida Global Exhibit 04.2019 - 06.2019, Los Angeles, Ca​

  • The Center for Contemporary Art  Members Juried Exhibition, The Bernardsville Library, Bernardsville, NJ - awarded "Best in Show" by artist and juror Jill Kerwick

2018

  • Un- REALS the work of Nicole Strafaci and Enriqe Landgrave, I'm Hungry Truck and Depot, Hellertown, PA

 

2017

  • NACRE-  the work of Nicole Strafaci and Jessica Echeverria , I'm Hungry Truck and Depot, Hellertown, PA

 

2015

  • DOLLMINATION, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012

  • L.A. Collective and Open Gate Theatre Present Moose Heard Activities, Glendale Moose Lodge, Glendale, CA

2011 

  • When Dolls Attack - an All Doll Art Show, Rosemary's Billygoat, Los Angeles, CA

2010 

  • Jill of all Trades Art Boutique Show, Presidio Motel, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Patchwork Art Show and Exhibit, The Road Less Traveled Store, Santa Ana, CA

2009 

  • Jill of all Trades Art Boutique Show, Presidio Motel, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Patchwork Art Show and Exhibit, The Road Less Traveled Store, Santa Ana, CA

2008

  • Jill of all Trades Art Boutique Show, Presidio Motel, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Patchwork Art Show and Exhibit, The Road Less Traveled Store, Santa Ana, CA

2007

  • Felt Club Art Exhibit , Ukrainian Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

  • Jill of all Trades Art Boutique Show, Presidio Motel, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Patchwork Art Show and Exhibit, The Road Less Traveled Store, Santa Ana, CA

2006 

  • DOLLS, DOLLS, DOLLS - Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Patchwork Art Show and Exhibit, The Road Less Traveled Store, Santa Ana, CA

  • Felt Club Art Exhibit, The Echo, Echo Park, CA

  • Felt Club Holiday Show, Ukrainian Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

2001 

  • 1st Anniversary of GAS Gallery Group Show, GAS Gallery, Los Angeles,CA

​2000

  • Chiaroscuro, The Art of Black and White, Boyd Scott Gallery, Orlando, FL

  • Alpha Contempo - Definition,Destiny and Desire 1st Thursday', Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando FL

  • Spontaneous Interplay, Boyd Scott Gallery, Orlando, FL

1999

  • Homegrown Mojo curated by Jonathan Le Vine, CBGB's 313 Gallery, New York, NY

  • Dragonfly Gallery annual selected Group Exhibition, Dragonfly Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA

1998

  • The Very Hairy Show, Max Fish, New York, NY 

  • Toe Five, Pedestrian Gallery, Jacksonville, FL 

  • The Artful Toy Artists Unlimited, Tampa, FL 

  • Women Artist's Selected Group Show, Gift and Goddess, Panama City, Florida

1997

  • Halloween, Pedestrian Gallery, Jacksonville, FL 

  • Contemporary Color, Living Quarters, Orlando, FL

  • Art of the Nude, The Artistry, Orlando, FL

1996

  • Collaborative Painting , The Blue Room, Orlando, FL

  • Illumination, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando, FL

  • Montclair in Manhattan III, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY - Awarded Best in Show by art critic David Levi Strauss

1995

  • SACI 20th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green,OH

  • Gathering Whim, ARK- Artists Reaching Out to Kids, Long Beach, CA

  • 20th Annual New Members Exhibition, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ

  • Local Artsits, Lucca's Cafe, Westfield, NJ

  • New Work Corner, City Without Walls Gallery , Newark, NJ

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1994

  • National Exhibition of Small Works, Montclair State University Art Gallery, Upper Montclair, NJ

  • Montclair in Manhattan II, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

  • BFA Exhibition, Montclair State University Art Gallery, Upper Montclair, NJ

1992

  • Montclair in Manhattan, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

 

Print Publications

2019

  • The Hand Magazine Issue 24 - April 2019 

  • Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory

Solo Performances

2014

  • RAW, Hollywood, CA

  • Dressing is Art, Ocean Grove Women's Club, Ocean Grove, NJ

 

2013

  • We are Dreamers, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

  • Featured Spoken Word Artist, Hollywood Institute of Poetics, Canoga Park, CA

  • I Hate my Bed, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2012

  • I am a Poet, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

1993

  • To My Dearest Friend- Installation and Performance, Oudestraat 17, Kampen, Holland

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019

  • DreamWhirl: Paintings and Performance Video , M Galleries, Washington, NJ 

2011

  • Postcard Paintings: Images of Beauty, Aequanimitas Boutique and Gallery, Portland, OR

2009

  • In a Box: Paintings,Dolls,Collage, Sirens Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000

  • Nicole Strafaci New Work - Paintings and Drawings, Harold and Maude's, Orlando, FL

1999

  • Selected New Work - Nicole Strafaci, Sapphire Supper Club, Orlando FL

1998

  • Brujodada and the Millennium present Letters to Myself, The Mill, Winter Park, FL

1997

  • Letters to Myself , The Fringe Gallery, Newark, NJ

  • Revolution, Harold and Maude's , Orlando, FL

1995

  • 8/2/70, The Watchung Arts Center , Watchung, NJ

Education

2016-2017

  • Advanced Hypnosis Master Practitioner Training, The NLP Center of New York, New York, NY

  • Eriksonian Hypnosis Level 1 Practitioner Training, The NLP Center of New York, New York, NY

2014

  • Reiki 1 Training, The Reiki Institute of America, Ocean Grove, NJ

2012-2014

  • Solo Show Master Class with Terrie Silverman, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

  • Free Your Story Fantastic - Solo Performance Class with Deana Barone, Hollywood, CA

  • Write your Life for the Page and the Stage with Ann Randolph, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2012 

  • The MAX: Expanding the Limits of Your Self with Paula Shaw, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

  • Improv Inspiration:Wit and Wisdom in an Instant with Paula Shaw, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

2010 

  • The Natural Singer:Find your True Voice with Claude Stein, Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA

1994 

  • BFA in Photography Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

  • Art of the Book - printmaking and book making, The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

1993

  • Study Abroad: Constantijn Huygens Academy of Art, Kampen,Holland

  • Private Art Critique with photographer Duane Michals, New York, NY

1991 

  • Study Abroad: SACI - Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy

1988-1989

  • Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, Philadelphia, PA - fashion design and history

1986-1988 

  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY - fashion design