Nicholas Gagliarducci was born in Hollywood, California in 1971 and has been a commercial artist for more than 20 years. He is a self taught artist and specializes in painting murals, landscapes and portraits, but has also done extensive work with other media including film and clothing design.
His artistic career began in 1988 when he began selling handmade embroidered patches on Melrose Ave alongside famed graffiti artist Hector “Hex” Rios and his “Hip Hop Shop.” Much of his early art was prominently featured in the shops along Melrose Ave and helped to launch the huge popularity of the area in the 1990’s. He has continued to embroider and his last work was a series dedicated to early exploitation film posters.
He began his passion for painting in the early 1990’s after spending time in Europe and experiencing the art of the Renaissance and the European secession movements first hand. He sold his first paintings in the mid-1990’s on the sets of Hollywood films. His greatest artistic inspirations include Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and the works of Gustav Klimt.
Nicholas has also spent some time in the film industry in the art and wardrobe departments for both commercial television and film. He has designed costumes for Academy Award Winners Nicholas Cage and Eugenio Zanetti. He has directed a number of short films and played a small acting role in the cult classic film Swingers.
His work has been commissioned by Camel cigarettes, Columbia Pictures, Princess Cruises and well as private collections belonging to Nicholas Cage, Patricia Arquette, Flea’s Silver Lake Conservatory of Music, and Josh Homme (“Queens of The Stone Age”).
Nicholas is a curator at The Inn Gallery in Silverlake.
His work has been commissioned by Camel cigarettes, Columbia Pictures, Princess Cruises and well as private collections belonging to Nicholas Cage, Patricia Arquette, Flea’s Silver Lake Conservatory of Music, and Josh Homme’s (“Queens of The Stone Age”) recording studio.