NICOLE MALONEY is a photographic messaging artist. Public art has become her most recent focus: it must tell a story and capture the viewer's hearts and minds. This artistic messaging through storytelling is why Nicole created, designed, developed and produced the OOMO Cube and was one of only 40 artists selected to take part in the 40th birthday of Sanrio’s most famous character, Hello Kitty. Nicole’s piece, Hello Kitty: All Stacked Up reaches over 10’ in height and is currently traveling worldwide (2014-2018) with the exhibition entitled, Exploring the Super Cute World of Hello Kitty. OOMO was awarded LA Weekly’s Best Public Art 2014 and the President’s Award from the Japanese-American National Museum.
Nicole graduated UCLA with a BA in Communication Studies in 1989 and later studied fashion at Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. After 7 years at Sony Studios, Nicole launched her own interactive start-up called Simul-Sports International, Inc. Nicole went on to create, design and produce her photographic work in her first publication entitled RARE by daab Books (2008). Nicole’s work in RARE was covered on ExtraTV, exhibited in Los Angeles at Celebrity Vault Gallery and Book Soup in Hollywood and in New York at The Greenhouse in 2009. Nicole’s other works have been exhibited at White Gallery in Whitefish, Montana; Cisco Home in Los Angeles, California and Intuition in West Los Angeles, California. Nicole is an author of two children’s books, Romeo Loves Juliet and Much Ado. Nicole won Photo District News’ 2009 FACES contest and her image, Treasure, was selected a winner from over 16,000 images from 57 countries for the Art of Photography Show 2009. Nicole’s GUESS What? series exhibited at the Guess?/Guess by Marciano store in Miami Beach, Florida in 2010. To Live and Die in LA photographic art was exhibited at Cisco Home in Los Angeles, CA through 2011. Nicole is active in her community; she is on the board of the El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA), Helena, and LA Premier Water Polo and works very closely with the Royal Drawing School in London.