The New Yorker (2018)

New York Times (2017)

Art in America (2017)

Vice (2017)

Riot Material (2017)

Art Forum (2017)

Excerpt from "Solar" paintings

from Hopper to the new generations.

By Nicola Vitae (2016)

Huffington Post (2016)






I make narrative paintings, largely on the subject of loneliness.


I am an adoptee whose records were sealed at birth, meaning I wasn't permitted access to my own biographical information. In the absence of even basic knowledge of my background, storytelling became an important outlet. In storytelling the narrator is all-knowing and in complete control of the facts -- the beginning, middle, and end. Storytelling puts me in charge in a way I cannot be otherwise.


It's from this perspective I make paintings -- autobiographical mythologies combining what I know about myself with what I don't. In a sense, creating and recording my own history. The narratives address loneliness, separation, and otherness, as well as the traumas of secrecy within the family unit.


Each painting begins as a written story. The story becomes part of the painting via handwritten text on or near it. Through these stories, both written and visual, I examine what it is to feel whole.