Nicky Kriara studied painting in Los Angeles and Massachusetts before graduating from the University of Oregon in 2002 with a BFA in ceramics and a focus on installation art. From 2004-2006 she owned Epitome Gallery in Portland, OR and received a grant from Rotary International to travel to Indonesia and represent the gallery. She recently completed a public art grant with a team of artists translating Lynn Basa’s encaustic paintings into 60 individual glass mosaic columns along the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail; Regional Arts & Culture Council, Bullseye Glass Co, and Trimet funded the project. Collaboratively, she has worked with sound artists, painted murals, and curated shows. For the past nine years, she has worked in the field of stop-motion animation painting sets and using 3D printers to create and animate puppet faces. Projects have included working on the films ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), and Toby Froud's live-action puppet short Lessons Learned (2014) produced by Heather Henson. Nicky lives in Portland, Oregon.