Born in Miami, Florida, Nick Mahshie received a Masters of Design degree in 2017 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the department of Fashion, Body, and Garment. Under the direction of renown Visual Artist, Nick Cave, Mahshie began incorporating print design into large-scale installation work. He completed his undergraduate work in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and has lived and worked as both an artist and educator in the United States and Argentina for the past 10 years.
Mahshie’s work makes reference to fashion, pop culture, street swag, and tropical ephemera to highlight the allure of natural and manufactured surfaces. Fluidly assembling cardboard, reconstructed garments from thrift stores and painted surfaces allows him to create work that is organic, whimsical and tinted with nostalgia. 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.
Mahshie’s artwork has been recognized by national Argentine newspapers such as La Nación, Clarín, and The Buenos Aires Herald, as well as international publications such as The New York Times and Time Out Magazine. It has also been exhibited in ArteBA 2010 (Appetite Gallery), Fundacion Telefonica, and Fundacion OSDE (Buenos Aires), as well as Le Petit Bain (Paris), StarkArt (Zurich), and the Children’s Museum of the Arts (NYC).