Nick Maltagliati is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, mixed media, and installation. He was born and raised in San Pablo, CA and moved to San Francisco in 2012. He received his BA at San Francisco State University in Art History and Studio Art, Summa Cum Laude. He has shown his work at Spark Arts, The Drawing Room, and at the Fine Arts League of Cary, Cary, NC.

Artist Statement: 
My practice dissects my personal narrative by experimenting with several media and revisiting topics and themes. I inconspicuously display my personal side by utilizing mountains and landscape to show racial identity, abstraction to map out how I cope with mine and others' mental health, and color for my sexuality and energy. Employing influence from print media, my environment, and true intuition my work is intentionally eclectic; it visually represents what I offer to this world. I collect visual data of my surroundings to comprise surrealistic-scapes, incorporating a flow to represent an ever-changing climate. I straddle my landscapes between the Hudson River School turned upside down, the aesthetics of early 20th C. modern artists, and the emotional outrage of radical, politically charged people of color in contemporary America. I work with ink, watercolor, oil, paper, and textile. I have a strong kinship with the California landscape by being in Boy Scouts. I incorporate material I have collected from many hikes and backpacking trips into my practice. Nature is heavily prevalent as a symbol for my father; he is an avid gardener and horticulturalist. I use the inspiration from flowers, tree bark, and leaves as a symbol of our fraught relationship. My adaptable disposition is mirrored in my work.