Nikki Vismara is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her Master’s Degree in Paleolithic Art from the Université Lumière in Lyon, France. She works as a full time artist and maintains a studio at Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco.
Prior to moving to San Francisco, Nikki lived in France for nearly a decade where she taught English & Art History at the university level. In addition to painting and exhibiting overseas, she traveled extensively and did humanitarian work in West Africa.
In 2021 Vismara was invited to show at the Cube Art Fair, the world’s largest public art fair, where her work was displayed on hundreds of digital billboards across New York City including the 12,000 sq ft screen at Times Square. She has also shown at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Art Palm Springs, Modernism Week Palm Springs, Startup Art Fair Los Angeles & San Francisco, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and galleries across the country. She exhibits regularly with Barba Contemporary (Palm Springs) and works with art consultants and designers including Slate Art (Oakland), Kevin Barry Fine Art (Santa Monica & San Francisco), DZINE Gallery and others. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Shipyard Trust for the Arts, the nonprofit that represents over 300 artists, and is on the Advisory Board for The Asylum Project. Her work can be found in private collections around the world.
Rooted in concept and emotion, my artwork is intuitively accomplished. I love the unpredictability of abstract painting and the physical demands of working large. I build the canvases myself, and they are often bigger than me. My paintings are comprised of many, thin layers of paint, a process which forces me to slow down and examine my work. Painting has helped me learn patience.
My monochromatic series explore the coexistence of light and dark, both literally and metaphorically, while my colorful abstracts are often a reflection of my surroundings. My studio is located at a decommissioned naval base on the San Francisco Bay, and the proximity of my studio to the water has unconsciously become a recurring theme in my work.
Whether I am creating large scale works or experimenting with new techniques, I enjoy both the challenge and satisfaction of painting.