Nico Gozal - painter
Nico’s cross-cultural art training rooted from his country of origin, Indonesia. He moved to the United States in 1990 to pursue a degree in design.
Toward the end of his undergraduate studies, Nico had an amazing opportunity to work for and be mentored by a successful artist in Tampa, FL, Jane Murray Lewis. She introduced him to the world of Gutta/ Serti Silk painting. He uses lush white silk and the application of vibrant fabric dyes on his paintings. Some of which are a composition of hand dyed and hand cut silk to create a bas relief surface.
After devoting many years to his craft, Nico fused his academic training in Fashion Design, passion for color, and astute eye for composition with his new-found love of Silk painting to create his unique design concept. He brings to life in his paintings the sights, texture, and rich multicultural heritage of his equatorial roots from Indonesia. A love of music, dance, languages, and literature also intensely influences him and his work.
Nico relocated to the Central Savannah River Area in 2012. To introduce his unique artistic skills to the region, he became a member of The Greater Augusta Arts Council and the Artists’ Guild Columbia County and the Arts & Heri- tage of North Augusta (among others). Throughout the years living in Augusta, GA; Nico exhibited his work as a col- laboration with other artists at Augusta’s City Gallery, The Arts and Heritage of North Augusta Gallery, and 4 P Stu- dio Art Gallery. He also had solo shows: At Hire Ground Café,, Gertrude Herbert institute of the Arts, and 4P Studio Art Gallery. In 2017 and 2018 Nico was accepted in a juried art festival: “Arts in the Heart of Augusta.”
In late October 2018 Nico left Augusta, GA to embark into his next art career by moving to the Washington, DC met- ropolitan area. Since then he has various group shows with Capitol Hill Artist League, The Art League of Alexandria and Maryland Federation of the Arts. In addition to a solo show at The Hill Center Gallery and solo show at the Winer Gallery of Sharee Tefila Congregation, Nico has been accepted to several juried show in the area including: “Asia North 2020” Asian Arts & Cultural Center of Towson university. May 08, 2020; Hill Center Galleries Re- gional Juried Exhibition 2020. February 5—April 18, 2020; “Reflection of Self” The 31st Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibit at Montpelier Arts Center, November 1st—December 30th 2019.
His piece “Batik Parang Filigree” won first prize in a national juried show “By Design” at Capitol Hill Artists League in 2019.
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