Meet the Artist
Nicholas Mancillas received his Master of Fine Arts in visual arts from the Art Institute of Boston University at Lesley University in the summer of 2009. In June 2010, he returned with his show “Progression” which was a part of the Alumni group show ‘Connections’. The Progression show started as a collaboration with two artists groups, one from Santa Rosa California, and the other group from the Boston area, the artwork, pictured to the left was installed on the foyer wall of the Student union at Leslie University.
Nick graduated from Sonoma State University in 1983 with a BA in Art, emphasis in Painting and minor in Spanish. He attended The San Francisco Art Institute completing a BFA in Painting in 1985.
As a once house painter and carpenter he expanded his skill-base until the time he was able to shift his career through higher education to teaching high school Spanish, English and Art for the past 16 years. Nick has been married since 1989 and has two daughters.
"For the last three years I have been fascinated by and working with hardware store materials. From plastic tarps, packing tape, spray paint, plaster, chicken wire and other building materials I have have the notion that I can transform them into an art-form that can be meaningful to anyone.
Some people might term what I make as "recycled art" -- by that does not really describe what I do.
I buy home repair supplies and "repurpose" them into art.
I revel in the act of taking common Home Depot type materials intended for mundane, everyday purposes and through my own artistic alchemy transform them. Perhaps it was my many years as a carpenter and homebuilder, but I can't wait to see these materials become something thought provoking and (hopefully) conversation worthy. A by-product of this process is to make work that is a temporary, short-lived statement, not to be placed up as a monument to be something high on a plaza left to withstand the weather. This work is meant to be here today, appreciated tomorrow and typifies the mood of our current times and culture.
I am excited and yet fearful of the array of colors available to me in spray paint. My use of expanding foam exposes the abundance of "quick fixes" that we have access to in our society and I offer that idea up for examination. I am in awe of the things expanding foam does as it infects the air with toxicity, promising nerve damage while at the same time proving it's amazing adhesive quality. Plastic comes in so many forms from wrapping tape and garbage bags to endless other incarnations that are a bi-product of our disposable culture."