N I K K O L A S
Nikkolas Smith, a native of Houston, Texas, is a Master of Architecture recipient from Hampton University, Concept artist, Children's Books Author/ Film Illustrator and Theme Park Designer. He is the author/illustrator of the picture books "The Golden Girls of Rio" (nominated for an NAACP Image Award) and My Hair Is Poofy And That's Okay. He also creates activist art paintings and Hollywood movie posters (Black Panther, Beale Street, Southside With You, Dear White People, Stranger Fruit). He is a proud 2016 White House Innovators of Color fellow. His latest book Sunday Sketch: The Art of Nikkolas is a visual journey on life, a collection of more than 100 sketches he has done in the last five years. His works have been featured on TIME Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Academy of Motion Pictures, The Guardian, ABC, NBC, KCET and many more. His art has been shared on social media by Van Jones, Shaun King, Viola Davis, Colin Kaepernick, Rihanna, Erykah Badu, Lupita Nyong'o, Kendrick Lamar, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ava Duvernay, Common, Simon Biles, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Williams, Amy Shumer and many others. Nikkolas also talks for conferences (TEDxWatts) and schools all over the country, leads workshops in digital painting, character and movie poster design, and after hours on Saturdays mentors kids in Compton & Watts, CA, giving art lessons and life skills for success. He lives in Los Angeles, California.