Artist Biography

Nicole Strafaci is a multi-media artist. Primarily a collage artist, she has also created wearable art and soft sculpture and has written and executed solo performance pieces. 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 in a home filled with Victorian furniture and an enormous collection of tchotchkes . These odd  juxtapositions  made a lasting impression and instilled an affinity for collage. Her mother's vintage business inspires her work and exposed her to vintage fabrics, period clothing and treasure hunting. Scouring thrift and antique shops, Nicole finds beauty and inspiration in discarded objects. 

 

The artist  received a BFA in Photography from Montclair State University in 1994 with studies abroad in Italy and Holland. Her love of collage was further developed 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 creating her first collages . One of these early works was sold to Director of Imaging and Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.  

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 has received 3 " Best in Show" awards.  The first was presented at an art competition at the Watchung Art Center (Watchung , NJ) in 1995.The prize was a solo exhibition at the center. The second was at Westbeth Gallery, NYC  in 1996 from the internationally esteemed  art critic, poet, essayist and educator David Levi Strauss.  She also received "Best in Show" from painter and collage artist Jill Kerwick at a group exhibition at the Bernardsvillle Library (Bernardsville, NJ) in 2019.  Also in 2019, Nicole received an "Award of Excellence" from a group exhibition at The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ . 

 

Other notable projects and achievements include an enthusiastic review of her work by legendary photographer Duane Michals, features of her work in Kolaj Magazine and The Hand Magazine, cohosting an art panel discussion, art commissions, international distribution of her work and  writing reviews for a  Los Angeles based art magazine.  In 2019 Nicole began a project called Art Body;  a  monthly art and culture discussion and live stream. Nicole cohosts Art Body with M Galleries in Washington, NJ. She 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. I am inspired by my emotional reactions to my life and to the world around me. Through my work, I hope to communicate on a visceral level. I believe that if we delve deep inside the personal experiences of our lives, we transcend them and communicate on a universal level. 

 

In the studio, I am endlessly alternating between conscious choice and chance; intentional mark making and the unexpected beautiful accidents.  My collage paintings often include paper, fabric, image transfers, painting and drawing. Imagery is often a balance between figurative and abstract and explores such topics as femininity, beauty, environmental decay and natural and urban landscapes. 

I am currently developing a body of work entitled "Colors of the Body."  This series is a meditation on the colors of the human figure   including red for blood, blue for water, pink for flesh, white for bone. The landscape of the body becomes one with the moods and tones of our natural and man-made surroundings. The colors and forms meld and become both representational and abstract.

Awards

2019

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

  • Awarded "Best in Show"  by painter and collage artist Jill Kerwick ,The Center for Contemporary Art  Members Juried Exhibition, Bernardsville Library, Bernardsville, NJ 

1996

  • Awarded "Best in Show" by internationally esteemed art critic, poet, essayist and educator David Levi Strauss, Montclair in Manhattan III, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY

1995​

  • "Best in Show"  at an art competition at the Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ  - the prize was a solo exhibition at the center 

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2019

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

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

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

2020

  • Art of the River Towns Juried Online Sales Gallery - Presented by Rivertowns Magazine - Rivertownsmagazine.com , Stockton, NJ 

  • Holding On - Presented by New Hope Arts Center - Curated by Ivia Sky Yavelow -  Newhopearts.org , New Hope, PA 

  • The Center for Contemporary Art Members Juried Exhibition, The Watchung Arts Center, Watchung , NJ

  • Klaus Schnitzer -  Fifty years of Inspiration and Impact - The Photographic Legacy of Klaus Schnitzer and his Students, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair , NJ​​

2019

  • ​FOUR - Galeria Vida in collaboration with Art Share LA , Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, Los Angeles, CA

  • M POP SHOP , M Galleries, Washington, NJ 

  • Witch Project, RESSARTS Projects, Frenchtown, NJ

  • Red White and Blue, RESSARTS Projects, Frenchtown, NJ

  • The Center for Contemporary Art Members Exhibition and Sale, The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ 

  • 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 "

  • The Center for Contemporary Art  Members Juried Exhibition, The Bernardsville Library, Bernardsville, NJ  

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 

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

​​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

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