Nicolas Lampert is an interdisciplinary artist and
author based out of Milwaukee and Chicago. Primarily, he is best known
for his collage art - the “machine-animal” series, the “meatscape”
series and numerous images that address political and environmental
Over the past 15 years, his
collages have been presented in various formats including digital
prints (from framed images to fourteen-foot tall images), 16mm animated
films, outdoor murals, stencils, silk screens, posters, and gallery
His art work has been included in the museum shows “Becoming Animal” at the MASS MoCA (North Adams, Massachusetts), The Idea of the Animal at the RMIT Gallery in association with the Melbourne International
Arts Festival (Melbourne, Australia), and the Maltwood Art Museum
(Victoria, BC) and is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles.)
Collectively, he works with Just Seeds/Visual Resistance Artist Cooperative, the Street Art Workers and the Cut and Paint ‘zine project.
As an author, he was a co-editor for Peace Signs: the Anti-War Movement Illustrated (Gustavo Gili / Edition Olms 2004). Other writings include “Recent Struggles at Haymarket: An Embattled History of Static Monuments and Public Interventions” that was included in Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority (edited by Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland, AK Press, 2007). Currently,
he is working on an extensive book for the New Press that focuses on
radical art history in the US.
As a curator, he co-organized the group art show, Drawing Resistance - a traveling political art show.
The show featured work by 31 contemporary political artists from North
America and traveled in a collective manner with no funding to 33
cities in the US and Canada between 2001-2005. Familiar names in the
show include Carlos Cortez (Chicago), Domitila Dominguez (Guadalajara), Winston Smith (San Francisco), Nicole Schulman (NYC), and Seth Tobocman (NYC).
he creates experimental soundscapes generated by guitar and effects
processors. He plays in experimental band, Beneath the Lake. The
recordings “The Inside Passage” and “Silent Uprising” can be found on the Seattle independent label, Glass Throat Recordings.
From 1995–1999 he played in the Oakland based experimental noise band, Noisegate, which performed extensively in the US and Canada. Recordings can be found on the San Francisco independent label, Tumult.
Nicolas Lampert received his B.F.A. from the University of Michigan - School of Art (Ann Arbor) in 1992 where he majored in painting and printmaking. For his graduate studies, he received his M.F.A. in 1995 from the California College of the Arts (formerly C.C.A.C.), majoring in sculpture and drawing.
He teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts.