Nicolas Caesar was born in Santa Clara,
California. His father painted houses, his mother was a nurse and his
sister teaches geology. He was a quiet, shy child who spend a lot of his
youth indoors due to his Asthma. There he developed his world of
monsters fuelled by horror comics, monster toys and KTVU's Creature
Features with Bob Wilkins.
His teen years consisted of more drawing, collecting skeletons and bones, and weird pieces of metal. He also got a subscription to Fangoria and began going to horror conventions, tape trading, and making his own comics.
His sculptures became bigger and he showed in clubs like Roderick's Chamber and Death Guild in San Francisco. In 2006 he retaught himself to paint and made a new career as a painter. He debuted his paintings at The Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco. From there to Sacramento then Burbank, New York, Norway, and even one mounted on a tank in Afghanistan. Outside of galleries his art has been shown on the walls of Adult Boutiques, Comic Shops, Wine Bars, Garage Sales, Movie Theaters, Taquerias, Banks, Bars, sidewalks, Barber Shops, Tattoo Studios, Comic Book Conventions, Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors, and Magic Dinner Theaters..
In 2009 he was a regular artist at Kaleid Gallery's Two Buck Tuesdays where he fraternized with other artists and gave lectures. 2010 he created his web comic Mosquito and Spider that he developed into a TV show in post production. 2013 he was doing Doodles on Demand with DJ Cutz on Demand Thursday Nights at The Layover Bar in Oakland. In 2016 most people know him from his thousands of illustrations for The Phone Losers of America and Prank Call Nation. Or maybe even a few appearances on KOFY's Creepy Kofy Movie Time.
Nicolas Caesar now lives in the East Bay with his wife Sarah and their dogs Chicken and Peanut.
Nicolas Caesar's art on Creepy Kofy Movie Time
Photo by Blossom McCoy
At The Alternative Press Expo with John Hageman.
My Artist statement is community oriented. It was
always my mission to make owning original art accessible. This wasn't
I always say if you're in art for the money you should flip houses. I preferred the community, the people I met, the beer and horror movie crowd, I love them, why would I abandon them for more money?
I'm done over 300 shows, stopped counting after the 1st 3,000 pieces sold. This isn't to brag but offer perspective. There are far more people in my lower-middle class demographic then there are heavy walleted investors looking for a tax shelter, a tax right off or bragging rights. The internet leveled the playing field and now every artist can work out of their home selling online. There aren't gatekeepers anymore. Art is a virus.
When it comes to the content of my work it's a roulette wheel. I could never be one of these artists who do the same thing forever. I'd get too bored. I like being terrifying one day and cute the next with some silliness thrown in between. I was in a very different headspace making sculptures than I was making paintings. My art is a journal documenting my pain, struggle, laughter and fun. I don't have one mode I have ALL the modes.
The 2nd part is how 'rough' my work can be. There's a trend to make everything flawless, tight, and slick. I'm drawn more to chipped painted walls, urban decay, splintering old signs. The flaws for me are far more organic. I love hand painted toys where the pupil is off.
That's as close of a direction I have to everything I make. I never know what I'm doing until I'm done. I throw paint on a canvas and sculpt it to a point that I'm happy with it. I've tried sketches and they offer less than a lose map of where I'm going.
I'm like every other artist who does this because it's them. Like being left handed, having ADHD, PTSD. All pieces of the art Voltron that is me.
Don Chin, Creator of Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, Eclipse Comics
Nicolas Caesar and Creature Feature's Bob Wilkins
He and his work have been featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, KVIE PBS Sacramento, Livewire, The Bay Area's KOFY Tv20 - Creepy KOFY Movie Time, Cleveland's The Ghoul show and the film Scream 4.
Nicolas Caesar was an artist and curator for Scream 4
His web comic Mosquito and Spider was accepted into the Cartoon Museum in San Francisco
His work is in private collections in France, The Netherlands, Norway, Kenya, Japan, The United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, Australia and throughout the United States.
Nicolas Caesar is founder of the Scary-Art Collective, curator for Art, Inc and co-founder of The Mail Art Consortium.
He has supported such charities as CODA, PBS, My Sisters House, The Bay Area Peddlers, The American Heart Association, ASPCA, The United Way and more!
1st place Adult Collaborative with Temple Terkildsen at The Castro Valley Sanitary District's 13th annual Recycled Art Contest, October 20, 2009
Juror Selection "KVIE Art Auction", Sept 2008, PBS, Sacramento, California
1st and 2nd Place "Most Humorous", May - July 2007, ARTery Gallery, Benicia, California
1st Place "Most Humorous", February - April 2007, ARTery Gallery, Benicia, California
What people are saying:
Beyond satisfied with my experience with Nicolas Caesar, he delivered extremely fast and was able to do exactly what I was looking for. Thank you again!! I will definitely be working with again in the future.
- DJ Ant Smith
Nicolas is wonderful, as always! He does fantastic work. And is super prompt and responsive.
- Monica Hamburg, comedian
"Nik Caesar's art for Phone Losers always gives me the hugest boners"
- Brad Carter, Phone Losers of America, The Snow Plow Show
AMAZING work! Cannot wait to do more business with you! 5 Stars!
- Alex Stiff, The Finn-Ins
"A lot of people write books on how to make a comic book. or they sit around asking how they "get into" comic book making. Boom! 2 or 3 days you have a complete comic book."
- Matt Crown, Meat Clown
In 25 years Nicolas Caesar will be declared the Roger Corman of the art world
- Eric Tolles, Wordplay Thursday, Rocky Road, Danson with Wolves
"i thought i knew what art was...i thought i knew what life was for, turns out i knew neither until the veil was lifted and my eyes were open to what was possible. Thanks Nic for grabbing me by the shirt and shaking me awake. Now if you have any idea how i'm supposed to return to the real world without complaint i'm all ears!"
- TV 20's Creepy KOFY Movie Time's Balrok
Nicolas Caesar is a self-taught artist hailing from Northern CA. Founder of the Scary Art Collective, his artwork brings forth a whimsical creepy landscape populated by beings both sinister and sardonic. You will see glimpses of Sideshow madness within his paintings mixed with a healthy dose of 50�s B-Movie charm. The raw feel
of his work twists the familiar yet remains strikingly original. Nicolas� horrific characters, with their permanent, toothy grins, reveal a playful quality to his art that challenges you to keep from smiling along no matter what atrocity they are currently plotting for your future.
- Bill Shafer, Hyaena Gallery, Burbank, CA
"Caeser's modern-Gothic aesthetic contains aspects of both Survival Research Labs and the Muppets. He combines urban detritus like wires, saw blades, doll parts, and religious artifacts with bones, blood,
and animal parts into tragic and amusing mutant assemblages with names such as Spiderbaby and Angel of Doubt"
- SF Weekly
Nicolas is an exceptionally talented artist with a giving nature and has an attitude devoid of judgement. Art is not a hobby for him. It's a way of life.
-Chad Morrison, Author/Wrestler
Caesar�s work has a sideshow madness, with acrylics like �Fluffy,� featuring a portrait of anything but that and creepy cartoon anime you wouldn�t want to meet in a back alley. His evil insect hybrids, like much of the other artists� work on display, are designed to unbalance while they charm you.
- The Burbank Leader
Nicolas Caesar's "Tired Giant," made of wires and a porcelain doll mask, looks like something you might find in an HR Giger painting � something you wouldn't want to run into on a chilly night in a dark alley.
- Laura Casey, Contra Costa Times
I really, REALLY dig your work
- Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds
"Nicholas always delivers quick and makes an effort to do the extra leap. Amazing service. Thank you so much."
Not only we got EXACTLY what we needed, but Nicholas provided us with some +a that really made us avoid any revisions!! So satisfied, and hope we can work together again. Nicholas is professional, experienced, talented, and he cares!!!! 5 Stars!
Nic your work just get better and better, your vision is stronger than ever, your creature are wonderfu creepy densions that capture the delight of the darkness, you work hard at your gleefull crime met with failure or success, you are a genuine independent voice capturing the fear and loathing of post modern existence, smiling sweetly as you hold your poison pen, you're an inspiration
- Mim Weisburd, artist
I just wanted
to share that Scary-Art.com was the best art dealer I have ever worked with
and that and that Nicolas Caesar is the best. If you have friends interested
in outsider art and fabulous service recommend them to become a fan. xoxo
Nic Caesar is an unsung artistic genius. I'm joining the growing chorus of fans who want to change that tune.
Nicolas is a highly creative, demented little runt, a bastard hybrid of Peter Lorre and Alvin the Chipmunk. He's also a talented and unusual artist"
- Doktor Goulfinger, Horror Host
Don The Magic Juan of Artists
- Skid Lo
If Vincent Price and Tim Burton had a love child, it would be Nicolas Caesar.
- Media Morgue
"When I saw your work, I immediately thought "Outsider Dark Noir," - like the old 1930s-1950s Dark Noir feeling, that is what your work reminds me of, very intense and timeless!"
- Madame Talbot.
"Charles Addams meets Adult Swim"
- Twisted Rib Design
"The Pee Wee Herman of Horror"
-Dr. Mor B.S., Horror Host
Easily one of the hardest working artists I know.
- Jeremy Cross, Artist
Nic Caesar's wonderful art makes me feel like I've touched a teddy bear in the wrong place.
- Crystal Barbre, Artist
Nik Caesar is the James Brown of quirky art.
- Traci Lynn, Artist
You and your unique art brought some much needed variety to the art community here. Thank you so much for your participation in scheduling all the Bank of the West shows. You're one of a kind!
- Linda Longinotti, Art Inc
I think it is very fair to say that Nic Caesar is a friend of mine, even though I have only briefly met him once at a show I invited him to be a part of, because his amazing art simply needed to be there.
Nic rocks, is incredibly kind and lighthearted, and truly is probably one if the easiest person I have ever had the opportunity to work with
- kSea, Big Top Magazine
Thank you so much for participating again in the art gallery! You had fans and a great response as always. :)
- Amber Mullenix