Nicky Nahafahik (1980), self-taught. The pseudonym “NINA” is a compound of the first two letters of his first- and surname.
Visual artist with an (illegal) graffiti background. What started as an illegal, abstract letter graffiti expression in the 90’s, evolved into contemporary realistic works in public spaces and galleries in Amsterdam, Stockholm and New York, among others.
With mainly a spray can as a medium to find the perfect balance between realism and the abstract, inspired by flora and fauna, be it in full colour, black-and-white or with gold, copper and metallic shades.
In the graffiti scene, an artist with an esteemed reputation gains the title of “King”. With this in mind he started painting lions in a realistic way, as they are known as the King of the Jungle, later he also moved on to other felines.
With regards to public spaces, Nicky operates both solo and in collaboration with (inter)national artists. The graffiti/street-art collective TCK (The Combi Killers), of which Nicky is a member, travels around the country to inject some colour, whether it be in commission or in their own time. In addition, Nicky is also a member of the international creative platform Cookie Deaux® [contemporary culture of Art, Music & Sport]
2019: work included in the largest Street Art museum in the world, which will open in 2019 in Amsterdam on the NDSM shipyard.
2019: Paint demo for Walls and Skin ft. Bavaria. 300 years Bavaria Lieshout, Holland
2019: Paint demo for Walls and Skin ft. Bavaria. During international tattoo convention Lyon, France.
2018: new work exposed in the Wallery Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden.
2017: work exposed in in the largest Street Art exposition in Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden. Curated by Wallery Gallery
2017: Participated in the ASA (Amsterdam Street Art) group show, curated by GoGallery, Prinsengracht Amsterdam
2016: Nominated for the “Drentse” Arts & Culture Award.
2016: Nominated for the first Dutch Street Art Awards, Amsterdam.
2014: Two wall paintings are included in the international street art book “Concrete Canvas”, published by Lee Bofkin in London, England.
2014: work put up for an exposition in the pop-up gallery Green Label in New York, USA.