Nick Mahshie, b.1985, Miami, is a textile and print artist who’s work sources tropical ephemera from natural and manufactured surfaces to reflect the sentimental nature embedded in pattern, color, and clothing. Previously, he has lived in New Orleans and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he worked as a visual and performance artist under alter ego Tranqui Yanqui. He holds a Masters of Design in Fashion, Body & Garment from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he worked under the visual artist, Nick Cave, and was the recipient of the 2017 RumChata Fellowhsip. He received a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2007.
Mahshie’s fluid use of fashion design, found objects and printed textiles coalesce to create installations, garments, and art objects that are grounded in the tropical landscape that has shaped his aesthetic sensibilities. His belief that art should speak outside of the art world, and be accessible to the public at-large, is what informs his material choices and involvement in social and educational practices as well as art-making.
Currently, he teaches Foundation Studies at Florida International University and is resident artist in the PrintShop at Oolite Arts.