» - «

Nicoz Balboa is a transgender Italian visual artist who uses his life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing and tattooing to pyrography, graphic journals and sketch-works. He reveals his 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 his works are firmly rooted in the tradition of transfeminist 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.



He published his first solo comic-album, Nicozrama, with the Italian publisher, Centro Fumetto Andrea Pazienza.


He published another solo comic book Les larmes the crocodile, with the french publisher, “DIANTRE!”


He once again published his work, this time a selection of his graphic journals in a book called “Born to lose, with the Italian publisher Coconino Fandango.


He self published a self-help comic fanzine called “The Vibration List


His new graphic novel came out in Italy under the name of “Play With Fire” for the Italian publisher Oblomov.


—*illustration and design*—


He created a 2 minute cartoon with the french avant-garde screen printers group, Le dernier Cri, for the film “Les religions sauvages”.

from 2017 to 2020  he has been a designer for the brand Wooden Finger, which they founded with Lorena Rossi and Ariel Kinski.



from 2012 Nicoz has travelled the world using his 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 his own tattoo studio, called Strangeland. click here to check his tattoos.


Nicoz lives and works in France and regularly undertakes guest work in both Italy and the UK.