Who am I?
Hi there, I’m Nicholai- Illustrator by craft. Comic artist and storyteller by compulsion.
Born Jewish and queer in northwestern Ukraine, my background has cast a heavy shadow over my creative themes over the years. You'll often find my work exploring the intersections of queer and trans identity, ethnoreligious diaspora experiences, class conflict, and mental health.
What do I do?
Fueled by copious quantities of tea, Soviet films and Dostoevsky novels, I create elaborate, high-detail comics and illustrations that yield something new every time you look at them.
Between personal projects and commission work I’m an occasional art instructor. I also regularly collaborate with many newcomer, LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS non-profit organizations here in my current home of Ontario, Canada, creating media and promotional materials for awareness-raising campaigns and community outreach programs.