Jason Akira Somma nominated artist consultant, musician and production manager Nico Alonso:
I am currently inspired by Nico Alonso. Some artists are so raw and creative that they aren’t aware they’re even an artist. It’s woven so naturally as an extension of who they are and how they perceive and interact with their environment that they don’t see a division between calling themselves an artist or not. Nico’s primary focus is curatorial work, and her concepts for curation are rather revolutionary in both their content and goals at stripping down what it means to truly be a curator and what the goals of curation should be.
She’s always ahead of the curve at trend predictions, finding emerging artists, and witty commercial/marketing concepts that inevitably get made by others months to years later. She almost has a psychic intuition at reading people and a profound understanding of psychology that can be intimidating at times (you’d think she was a doctor). But she is completely anonymous.
As a bystander I have watched her plant seeds in many peoples minds that have launched their careers, or brought bountiful fruit from project concepts she inspired. It’s a beautiful act of selflessness and a rare case of seeing someone who has their eye on the bigger picture. She’ll curate your life and make you see things about yourself that were oblivious to your consciousness. She’s a prodigious draftsman, performer, video artist, and musician of which she has shared virtually none of to the world. Her ability to understand these mediums and how to best utilize it for other means is like watching an inventor or engineer. Easily one of the most protean people I have met.
I’m not sure where she is going, consultant, curator, artist, all of of the above or if she knows either but one thing is for sure, she’s not afraid.
Music and work by Nico Alonso: