Nikki Vismara is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and majored in the country’s first Visual & Critical Studies program. Vismara lived in France for nearly a decade where she taught English and Art History at the university level, traveled extensively, did humanitarian work in West Africa, and ran marathons. She completed her Master’s degree in Art History specializing in Paleolithic Art at the Université Lumière in Lyon, France.

Vismara currently lives in San Francisco and works as a full time interdisciplinary painter at her studio at Hunter's Point Shipyard. She enjoys spending time with her dog, regularly volunteers with ArtSeed, a local arts education nonprofit, and serves on ArtSpan’s Open Studio Committee. She exhibits regularly in the Bay Area, Palm Springs, and beyond. Her paintings can be found in private collections in the United States, Europe, & Australia.