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Meet Nicholas Nadja

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicholas Nadja.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Your surroundings contribute largely to your interests, and having no other artists in my family, I never tried painting or drawing when I was little. It took me until a series of changes in my life early in high school and a complete 180 from my way of thinking before I discovered art in my life.

Photography and videography were my first experiments with visual communication, but after working with film photography started getting into hand drawing on my negatives and manipulating by hand more then with the camera. Once I got into oil painting, I have not stopped using it as my main source of transferring images into this world.

I attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for a year dropping out to travel Europe and live on different organic farms in Tuscano, Italy.

In 2013 I returned to Milwaukee to do one more semester before traveling to California to pursue another period of farming and working on farms through WWOOF (World Wide Organization for Organic Farming).

I was accepted into SFAI (San Francisco Art Institute) and studied there one full semester before transferring to SAIC (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) to finish my BFA in painting / printmaking.

Please tell us about your art.
My work is a leveling plane between two spheres of creation. One side is completely obedient to the construction and form of reality, depicting light as clearly and true to life as possible. The other is a side untamed by any boundary of law, free to associate among incongruous combinations and the depths of inner physiological symbols. I make oil paintings, drawings, prints, and any other expressions to depict my side of a hauntingly beautiful surrealistic view of an inner light. The work I make invigorates a sense in someone and stirs them into their own psychological symbolisms.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Work is a defining element of success. Without having a good work ethic and a persistent patience I would not be anywhere in this world. Money does not always mean success, but it just happens that truly diligent work will be rewarded eventually once it is seen.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Currently I run a studio in the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport. My studio is open to the public every third Friday of the month. Also my upcoming exhibitions and shows are listed on my website on the front page at

People can always support work by acquiring an original piece of work, and sharing it among their community. Commissions are always a great way to keep a painter afloat in this day and age, especially if it is a more open ended commission.
Sharing positive energy always helps!

Contact Info:

  • Address: 1029 W 35th. St
    Chicago, IL , 60609
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @n.nadja


Image Credit:
First image credit to Jessica Marie Gregory

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