Born October 3, 1943
Education 1961-65 U.C. Riverside, Philosophy
1973 U.C. Santa Cruz, Independent Study
NICKI D. MARX is a self-taught artist who has had over forty one-person and museum
exhibitions. Her work is in many important museum, private and public collections and
she is honored in Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in
American Art, Who's Who of American Women and the World Who's Who of Women, as
well as being included in many books and publications.
She works exclusively with natural materials and says this about her work:
"My work is a personal celebration of life and an exploration of natural materials.
The process of working is for me a ritual, a dance, a prayer of thanksgiving and a
plea for survival. I believe that our culture is sorely lacking in meaningful ritual
and celebration and is lacking a deep, respectful awareness of nature.
My work has always dealt with paradox through the merging of dark and light to
create unity and through dealing with death, life's counterpart. The work is
connected to ancient traditions yet is related to modem forms and ideas. I am
acutely aware of the materials with which I work: of how they invoke the
peaceful, the intimate and the delicate, yet also the violent, grand and awesome
beauty found in nature. These materials allow me to celebrate the earth's
mystery, vitality and power."