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

Vismara currently resides in San Francisco and works out of her studio at Hunter's Point Shipyard.  Her artwork draws upon a variety of themes, including identity, nature, and language. Her paintings can be found in private collections in the United States and Europe.