Artist Q&A

With Nico Malo

Q. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL VISUAL STYLE FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT BE FAMILIAR?

A. My general style is considered Expressionist. I see lines and symmetry in pretty much everything. I paint that into my work. My work is usually colorful, vivid and sometimes raw.

Q. WHAT INSPIRED YOU ABOUT THE LOSO LOCATION?

A. The space and observing those on the go moving through the locale or enjoying the cafe area. I try to put the ambience of the space into the mural.

Q. WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR WORK AT LOSO?

A. A sense of welcoming as they pass through that corridor. A moment of “I’m home” upon seeing it or for visitors to feel it as inviting.

Q. ARE THERE PLACES IN CHARLOTTE YOU FREQUENT FOR ARTISTIC INSPIRATION?

A. The Mint Museum is an all-time fave, but artisan markets or art collective shows (like Goodyear) are a regular source of inspiration.

Artist Q&A

with Drew Merrit

Q. CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL VISUAL STYLE FOR THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT BE FAMILIAR?

A. My style is minimal subjective expressionism; the subject of the expressionism lends itself to a traditional oil painting visual aesthetic. My work should feel timeless and should always conjure conversation. 

Q. WHAT INSPIRED YOU ABOUT THE LOSO LOCATION?

A. I’ve always loved Charlotte and have always wanted to paint a mural here, so I got really lucky to work in such a cool part of town with so much to do around the area and so much culture to draw from. I really enjoyed the people I interacted with as well — Southern hospitality is real!

Q. WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR WORK AT LOSO?

A. I really hope it just brightens some peoples’ days and they enjoy my work.

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