Born in Croatia, Nina Kolarek-Cullen knew at an early age that her life would follow in the direction of art, design, and fashion. She took her talent to new levels with education in Switzerland and London at the American College of Design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Her fashion illustrations were soon being featured in several of London’s trendy fashion publications and, after completing her studies, she moved to New York City where the energy was not just exciting, but embracing.
All along, Nina stayed true to her lifelong passion of painting which began at a very young age. Upon moving to Southern California in the 1990’s, she focused her talent and ambition into creating her art as a full time career. She began painting large Abstract Expressionistic oil paintings and galleries and collectors quickly took notice.
Since that time, Nina K’s work has been a huge success. Her paintings have been exhibited in many galleries, high-profile juried art shows, public settings, and graced the walls of numerous private collections across the US and abroad.
In addition to the galleries that currently represent her work, exhibition highlights have included a 2015 solo exhibit at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA, the Los Angeles World Wide Art Show (2015), the Art-A Fair exhibit in Laguna Beach, CA. (2015), the New York Art Expo, NY (2014), the Newport Beach Art Foundation Exhibit, NPB,CA (2014), the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA (2014), the La Jolla Art Festival, La Jolla, CA (2014) and Art Walk Art Exhibit, San Diego, CA (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
My oil paintings are an expression of how I see life and its vibrant energy. I developed my own method through a technique of applying thick layers of paint, texture and design which allows me the freedom to explore a variety of abstract expressions. My multifaceted artwork is uniquely different yet portrays a harmonious balance to any environment.