Nicholas Kozis Biography
My interest in animation as an art form began during my final year as an undergraduate Fine Arts major at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There I was influenced by the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. His compositions and theory provided the inspiration to incorporate movement and color in my paintings. Upon graduation, I was accepted to the graduate program in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of the Arts. It was there that I met animation pioneer, Professor Jules Engel. Under his mentorship, I was encouraged to look outside commercial animation and explore other forms of art (dance, fine art, sculpture), which I then incorporated into filmmaking. Under his wing, I was exposed to the many experiential animators and artists who have greatly impacted the creation of my independent films. The principle of arts exploration has been a driving force behind all my artistic endeavors, and is something I attempt pass on to all my students. Currently, I have my returned to my fine art roots and embarked on multiple series of paintings, which have exhibited nationally. I am exploring the relationship of art and technology at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, where I am currently an artist in residence.
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Dedicated to true expression through the arts.