Níccolo José

Níccolo José, Visual Artist & Woodworker

Shaping Soulful Art

Níccolo José (b. 1986, PH) is a Filipino visual artist and self-taught woodworker who creates one-of-a-kind sculptural furniture, large art projects, and unique wood interiors. He crafts them from up-cycled reclaimed old wood in order to breathe new life into the hardy material, pushing the limits of the wood to create soulful, fluid forms, thus contributing to the art furniture movement of the Philippines while being an advocate for the environment.

His personal study and care for ergonomics, especially when it comes to his sculptural chairs, has and continues to help collectors. His attention to this key element for his works has brought surprise to many, that wood can be a gentle, healing, and soothing material when shaped masterfully.

Níccolo earned a double degree in Environmental Studies and Studio Art in Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon, United States). During his sophomore year, he was dubbed as one of the five Renaissance Students in the entire campus. In 2010, he founded his studio and workshop.

For Níccolo, every piece of wood has its own story; he gets inspiration from the conditions that contributed to their uniqueness. By studying its color, grain, natural forms, strength, and flexibility, he has an intimate relationship with his materials. This attention to detail when crafting the works results in soulful art that he hopes engages people in a multi-sensory manner.

His works are held in galleries and private collections around Asia, Central America, North America, and Europe.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 RACHIS, sculptural rocking chairs
— Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (World Trade Centre, PH)

2015 FLOW, figurative yoga sculptures
— Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea (Makati, PH)

2013 REMNANTS, wood mosaic portraits
— Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea (Makati, PH)

2012 WONDERLAND, whimsical furniture
— Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea (Makati, PH)

2011 REWORKS, sculptural furniture
— LRI Design Plaza (Makati, PH)

2010 NATURE ASTIR, installation art
— Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art (Portland, Oregon, USA)

Selected Exhibitions

2018 CRITICAL ELEMENTS | Cacnio, José, Organo — Art Anton, The Conrad (PH)

2017 MONUMENTS TO THE MONSOON — Pintô Art Museum (PH)

2017 BAMBOO WHISPERS — Ayala Museum (PH)

2017 Art Fair — Makati (PH)

2016 HIGHER — Art Anton, The Conrad (PH)

2014 The History of Filipino Chairs — Department of Foreign Affairs (PH)

2014 ManilArt — Aura (PH)

2014 The Areté — Ateneo de Manila University (PH)