Nicoz Balboa is a queer Italian visual artist who uses their life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing and tattooing to pyrography, graphic journals and sketch works. They reveals their hopes, failures and successes in candid and, at times, critical works that are frequently both tragic and humorous. The themes of provocation and sexuality repeatedly surface as their works are firmly rooted in the tradition of feminist discourse.
Nicoz was born in Rome, and studied at the IED (European Institute of Design). After graduating they spent time at the E.S.A.G. in Paris.
In 2002, Nicoz created a 2 minute cartoon with the french avant-garde screen printers group, Le dernier Cri, for the film “Les religions sauvages”.
In 2005, Nicoz published their first solo comic-album, Nicozrama, with the Italian publisher, Centro Fumetto Andrea Pazienza. In 2008, they published another solo comic book Les larmes the crocodile, with the french publisher, “DIANTRE!”. In 2017, Nicoz once again published her work, this time a selection of their graphic novels in a book called “Born to lose”, with the Italian publisher Coconino Fandango.
Nicoz has exhibited extensively, including solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, and Rome.In 2010, Nicoz was selected as a finalist in the Lissone Prize, which recognises the world’s leading young artists.
Their comics, artworks and illustrations have also appeared in magazines, such as RUGGED (the Carhart magazine), KULT magazine, and Stripburger, and interviews with her have appeared in Slow Food, juxtapoz.com and illustrationmundo.com
from 2012 Nicoz has travelled the world using their tattooing skills and has worked as a guest tattooist in some of the coolest tattoo parlors including Mystery Tattoo Club in Paris, Eight of Swords in New York, Salon Serpent in Amsterdam, the Ten Bells Tattoos in Rome, 1770 Tattoos (formerly “IN2U”) in Brighton, and Turbo Zero and they have now opened their own tattoo studio, called Strangeland.
from 2017 to 2020 they has been a designer for the brand Wooden Finger, which they founded with Lorena Rossi and Ariel Kinski.
Their work turns around the concept of body and autobiography, they exposed some of those works during the exhibitons: Nicoz Balboa Goest Porn” or “Drawing My Life Ruined My Life” during Bilobolbul Festival (in 2019) or #Mermtrans during Gender Bender Festival (2020) both in Bologna, Italy.
Nicoz lives and works in France and regularly undertakes guest work in both Italy and the UK.