Californian-born Nicole Moné is an American artist currently living and painting in Westchester, New York. Her representational paintings have garnered many awards, and reside in collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Moné’s paintings incorporate elements of both Realism and Impressionism and are characterized by the application of traditional techniques and classical methods. Moné’s painting style has been shaped by her physical environment, her formal training and her individual experiences, observations and passions. While living in Southern California she was greatly inspired by, and studied the works of, the California Impressionists. Her many years in Southern California, and more recently, while traveling through Spain, she has been inspired by Latin-American and Spanish subjects and themes, including the celebratory images from Día de los Muertos and the passionate art of Flamenco.
She has studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and in New York at the School of Visual Arts where she studied portraiture with Marvin Mattelson, and the Art Students League where she studied with renowned painters: Aaron Shikler and Everett Raymond Kinstler. Additionally she has studied with celebrated painters: Max Ginsberg and Jeremy Lipking.
Her work has been in American Art Collector Magazine and in American Artist Magazine, and has exhibited at, most notably, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, the Salmagundi Club, & the National Arts Club in New York City.
Her portrait of Aaron Shikler, “Blowing Smoke” was awarded the Medal of Honor at the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 118th Annual Exhibition at the National Arts Club in NYC. Additionally the painting was awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition and, in early 2015, she was selected as a semi-finalist in the BP Portrait Award 2015 competition in London, England. The painting was also exhibited in the prestigious Salmagundi Club’s Non-Members Painting and Sculpture Exhibition and Competition where is won “Best in Show”.
In addition to her portrait and gallery paintings, Moné also produced a series of 52 works over the course of a single year, initially inspired by the human skeleton, entitled The Skeleton Project. These thematic pieces were the beginning of an ongoing venture by the artist.