Nico Solis captures the soul of life in today’s inner cities. Inspired by artists who paint from their subconscious, including Joan Miro, Wassily Kandinsky, and Gerhard Richter, and by ancient drawings and street signs, he uses heavy textures and colors with bold abandon, creating images that underscore his feelings toward life’s internal and external confines. “I grew up around a very diverse group of people in Miami’s melting pot, and I will always carry that with me in my art, my music or any other way I can express myself,” notes Solis.
Solis skillfully employs stark imagery and unbridled structure to convey emotional content amidst the zeitgeist of living in a modern world. His juxtapositions of form and impressionistic views of street life capture the pulse and tempo of today’s urban landscape. There is a fresh spontaneity to each work, a freedom that nourishes both heart and intellect. The influences of Miro and Kandinsky are omnipresent, yet Solis departs from them in a way that suggests a compelling narrative, a struggle to co-exist within the gestalt of urbanization.