obtained his Masters in Fine Arts in 2012, but he already created an incredible amount of work in the span of three years. His work is truly an inspiration to many, and extremely unique. One of Holiber’s most famous pieces, Head of Goliath
was exhibited until recently in Tribeca Park in New York City.
This piece is created out of wood, nails, screws, and other found objects and is about 11’x 5.5’. His studio is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and is fi lled with his paintings and sculptures. The material he uses to create his sculptures is mostly wood from shipping pallets he fi nds in recycling centers. It is the perfect material for the technique he created to produce his works and he also fi nds himself saving money that way. Nicolas uses materials like plaster, paint, yarn, feathers, and bones. The works he creates with these recycled materials are really beautiful and unique. Nicolas is extremely comfortable and engaging when telling to us about his studio, his work and his creative process. He gives us a sense of true humility.
He tells us that his work is continuously evolving and developing and this is an important aspect of making art. This past January, he found himself teaching two classes of sculpture to high school students. He started painting and sketching at a young age and eventually started creating wooden sculptures. There is always room for growth and improvement. An important part of his inspiration is his mother who is an artist who works with ceramic. She encouraged him to pursue his passion for art. When he creates a piece, he starts with nothing, or “a mess” as he states. He creates preparatory sketches and starts nailing pieces of wood together using a technique he developed and refined in these last three years.
The sculpture is also painted in bright colors; he knows that his piece is finished when he can look at it and observe the message his piece holds. Nicolas states that New York City has always been a place where he wanted to live and is honored to have several pieces of his exhibited in the city. His piece Head of Goliath opened several doors for Holiber. The fi ve-foot-tall, eleven-foot-long piece representing the severed head of Goliath lying on a side is a symbol of defeating the odds. Nicolas wants his viewers to feel the sense of victory when staring at his piece of artwork. This piece coincides deeply with Holiber’s passion for the city.
The representation of King David defeating the giant resembles Nicolas defeating his adversities in the city: “People come to New York to be the underdog and beat whatever obstacle is in front of them
,” Holiber explained in a statement. “For myself and many friends of mine, New York is the Goliath. . . . Head of Goliath will be a connection to the past and serve as a symbol of the classic underdog tale that is shared by so many in this amazing city
- by Brenda Quinones