Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa’áanii Clan on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. She is an artist and illustrator whose Diné identity is the heart of her practice. She is passionate about giving back to Indigenous communities through her art and sees illustration as a beautiful, loving way to share Indigenous stories.
She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and an MFA from OCAD University. She has a multi-disciplinary arts practice and has been loving working in the field of children’s book illustration. She has illustrated When We Are Kind, written by Monique Gray Smith; the cover of Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith; and the fall 2022 release of the YA Adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith. She is currently living in Santa Fe, NM, the city she grew up in. She spends her days drinking coffee, illustrating, studying weaving, and taking her dog, Bear, on long walks in the arroyo. Nicole is repped by Jacqui Lipton.
Fun Fact: I studied Indigenous Futurisms in my Masters’ and now I know how to Time Travel.