BIO: 

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 for school. 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 and the Fine Art Gallery at SFSU. He made his Open Studios (organized by ArtSpan) debut in October 2018.

Artist Statement: 
My practice dissects my personal narrative by experimenting with several mediums that revisit 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. I showcase my relationship with the world employing influence from print media, my environment, and past pieces. My work is collecting-based and fusing those different components together to create a grander whole. What I create reflects that I am a multifaceted human being: work ranging from busy landscapes, abstract ink drawings, re-edited article collages, cross-stitching, and installation. Each finished piece is a small part of my self portrait contributing to my oeuvre. 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 the visual data I 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 way to recount a tense relationship with him. Other work includes visual interpretations from working in restaurants, re-editing clippings from National Geographic (a connection to land), and small works dissecting vintage encyclopedias.