Artist, Art Vending Director
Nicole Cochener (B. 1980, Wichita, KS, USA) is a mixed media artist who combines post-consumer materials and traditional fine art techniques to create her distinctive paintings. Her pieces are composed of layers of collaged paper with acrylic paint and other media to create representational images of the natural world.
From a young age, Nicole aspired to be an artist and began taking drawing and painting classes. She earned dual degrees in Art and Publications from Friends University and studied Art Direction at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Nicole has worked as an art educator and designer. She served as Creative Coordinator for the University of Kansas School before opening her own art business in San Francisco. Nicole currently lives in Las Vegas where she owns her own gallery, Squishy Studio. She recently started Gallery to Go, a chain of vending machines featuring small artworks by local artists.
Nicole’s artwork is included in private and corporate collections in over 20 countries worldwide. Her pieces have been featured by CNN, Marin Magazine, Pregnancy & Newborn, Green Mom and more. She has won many distinctions including being named one of the 2020 Art Pop billboard winners.