Nicholas Tramontin

Born in San Francisco, raised in Marin County at the base of Mount Tamalpais, surrounded by massive redwood trees, Nicholas lusted after an urban landscape. Always in trouble for making art instead of doing school work he discovered a sense of freedom and passion for automobiles at a young age. During this time the surf, skate and gra ti culture was also emerging as a strong influential cultural force, calling him to Los Angeles. He uprooted and replaced 500-year-old redwoods with 100-foot-tall buildings. The new replaced the old, the fast replaced the slow, and he began creating unique works of art that moved you, fast. Nicholas is driven by speed and movement. Riding a wave on a surfboard or shifting gears in a fast car, the connection to machines and unstoppable forces has always inspired his direction and his work. While his passion for beautiful turbo speed machines will always be a part of his framework and story, exploring the machine of the mind through his work allows him to have both movement and connection. Through heartbreak and a deep romance with the darkness that lives within all of us, Nick finds the light in his work through the process of layering paint with brushes, spray paint and resin. His work combines abstrac textures with a deconstructed gra ti street style.

Each piece creates a loose barrier between light and darkness, moving from restriction to preservation of space, and sometimes filled with freeing chaos. Other times, revealing portals to what feels like other dimensions. This process avails the freedom to travel and transcend space and time, to rediscover the dark forest, where nothing is old or new, but in a perpetual state of change and rebirth.

Nicholas was selected by Restoration Hardware to create the first collection of street art to the retailers catalog. He has been Commissioned for various mural works including a 2500 sq foot installation for Portia De Rossi her company General Public Art. Nicholas’s works have been exhibited in Auctions and included in private collections.