Nicki Manthel graduated with a Degree in Fine Art from Elam, Auckland in 2004. Since then she has exhibited regularly in both New Zealand and Melbourne, most recently with a solo exhibition at The New Zealand Academy of Fine Art in Wellington in 2017 and at Railway Street Gallery, Auckland this year.
Her solo exhibitions in 2014 at Carbon Black Gallery, Melbourne and The Artists Room, Dunedin in 2015 both sold out. The works focused on larger-than-life flowers and plants painted in oil on linen and silver leaf. Her work has featured in many high-profile settings such as NZ House and Garden, the set of 'Shortland Street' and as a commission of over forty paintings for the Hilton Hotel apartments, Kawarau, Queenstown.
Nicki returned to Wellington two years ago after six years living in Melbourne. Her work expresses a love of the natural world, a fascination with light and a passion for expressive paint. She now combines her busy painting practice with her role as Development Manager for City Gallery Wellington.