February 4th, 2024
- Artist Status: Nina is an established artist who lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- Price: Her original pieces range from $7-15k depending on size; monotypes/prints run around $1k.
- Where can I see her work? Nina is represented by multiple galleries in cities including Houston, Dallas, and Los Angeles. She will be in a solo exhibition in Park City in March 2024.
Nina Tichava (born 1973) is a New Mexican painter and artist known for her pattern-based, abstract paintings that allude to geometric and organic forms. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts [+ Crafts] (2003) and is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award Grant (2007). She was raised in both rural northern New Mexico and the Bay Area in California. She was influenced by her father, a construction worker and mathematician, and by her mother, an artist and designer.
Nina has gained recognition for her large-scale paintings, often diptychs, that layer patterns, geometric elements, and natural forms to inspire a dialogue between digital and analog design and memory. Hand-painted screens of dots she refers to as “Pixels” and stripes combine with abstract brush strokes and painterly details.
Nina started painting seriously at California College of the Arts [+ Crafts] in Oakland in the mid-1990s. Embracing coastal influences in color, as well as the 70s Pattern and Decoration Movement, her painting progressed after art school into a distinct abstraction style rooted in natural forms. “I’ve never felt truly comfortable with pure abstraction,” she says. “I like having something to ground the painting in a more material way, to have a place to begin and then build from.” She cites influences ranging from Richard Diebenkorn to Matthew Barney to Andy Warhol. The painters she looks at include Laura Owens, Alice Neel, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, and Philip Guston.Her work today is in the lineage of New Mexican artists, building on traditions set by Georgia O’Keefe and Agnes Martin, as well as local craft, including sculpture, jewelry, and pottery. Her mother worked as a weaver in Northern New Mexico, and that inherited sensibility of fabric and texture is evident in Nina’s work.
This blog post was contributed by Cat New. Thanks again Cat!