(1954 - )
Tim Nicola was born on Indian Island in Maine and is known for Native American themed sculpture. His tribe’ s reservation is located in the middle of Penobscot River, Maine. Growing up, Nicola had access to a workshop because his father, grandfather and grandmother were basket makers. Like many others in his community, Tim Nicola carved wood as a boy. At a young age, however, he showed a talent for drawing and painting. In 1980 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to attend the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts. Although Nicola initially enrolled as a painter, after a short time he became interested in three-dimensional arts. Nicola’s first sculpture instructor was sculptor Doug Coffin. Tim Nicola now works primarily in cast bronze.