We are thrilled to collaborate with the Artists Association of Nantucket this year to feature their talented artist members. The AAN is a non-profit organization supporting Nantucket artists, providing educational programs in the arts, and preserving the legacy of Nantucket artists. Visit their website, their gallery at 19 Washington Street, their studio at 24 Amelia Drive, or give them a call at (508) 228-0294.
Nicci Aguiar Biography
Nicci is an illustrator from Nantucket whose passion for cartoons, animation, and comic books led her to study Sequential Art at Savannah College of Art and Design. After graduating from SCAD in 2016 Nicci moved back home where she continued to create her fun and silly illustrations. Nicci teaches Comics, Illustration, and Digital Art at the Artists Association of Nantucket.
Nicci says, “Growing up I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by artists, most of which were my family members on my mother’s side. My grandparents, Paul and Signy Morris, were scrimshanders and painters on island, who passed on their talents to their daughters and granddaughters. Thanks to these people in my life, my passion for the arts has always been encouraged and nurtured.
For my work, I draw a lot of inspiration from my life and my hometown. Life can be so ironic and funny which is why I think I find myself creating short biographical comics. I adore storytelling and creating the imagery that goes with it however, coming up with my own story I sometimes find difficult. When it comes to creating a story from your imagination there are a lot of elements and world building to consider, so I figured why not just use my own life as a story.
When I create my illustrations and paintings I typically take inspiration from my hometown so you’ll find a lot of nautical elements in these. My illustrations tend to have a humorous twist which I love to incorporate. Interestingly enough, my paintings I discovered I have much more strict structure, I tend to take a subject and have the study of that subject be the sole focus. Usually those subjects you’ll find in the ocean.”
Where to Find More of Nicci’s Work
Nicci is represented by the Artists Association of Nantucket and shows her work at AAN’s galleries.