Nikki Maloof, (b.1985, Peoria, IL) lives and works in Brooklyn. Jungle animals and exotic vegetation appear frequently in Maloof's drawings, paintings and collages. Often surrounded by luminous tropical hues, tigers, monkeys and bats can seem either benign or sinister, reticent or theatrical, and adopt an anthropomorphic quality that discloses a sense of the artist's compassion for her subject matter. In other works, the same lightness of hand with paint, color and line, hints at the somber and dejected aspects of the domestic and quotidian - drooping flowers, in a vase or overcome by rain, and the view, from a distance, of the warmly lit interiors of people's homes through window panes. Maloof's works tend toward the familiar yet maintain a level of un-specifiable strangeness that produces their emotive quality.
Recent exhibitions include the artist's solo exhibition After Midnight at Jack Hanley Gallery and the group exhibitions The Great Figure Two at The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, Imagine at Brand New Gallery, Milan, Let's Get Figurative at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, Tiger Tiger at Salon 94, New York, Undertonk and Friends at Undertonk, New York, Please Excuse Our Appearance at 247365, New York, and Immediate Female at Judith Charles Gallery, New York. The artist has also recently participated in Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Dont Look Now at Zach Feuer, New York and Do The Yale Thing at the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit. The artist has received several awards, most recently the Helen W. Winternitz Award in Painting and Printmaking and the Gloucester Landscape Prize. Upcoming exhibitions include Drawing Island at The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn and a group show curated by Shane Campbell at Misako and Rosen, Tokyo.
Maloof received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Indiana University in 2008 and Master’s degree from Yale University in 2011.