About the artist

Nicole Anona Banowetz


Nicole Banowetz is a Denver sculptor who makes sewn inflatable sculptures and delicate assembled forms.  Her artwork addresses vulnerability and struggle.  She empowers objects through embellishment, building up protective layers, which with time become destructive.  Her forms move freely between growth and decay blurring the distinction between decoration and disease.

Nicole Banowetz works professionally as an artist in sculpture, design, installation, and education. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2004 with a BFA in sculpture.  She has also lived and worked internationally creating mosaic work in India and working and showing in Italy, Ireland, Russia, Germany and England.  Nicole is currently a member of Pirate Gallery in Denver and has shown in the Biennial of the Americas, The Museum of Outdoor Arts, the Arvada Center, Ironton Gallery, and the Kreuzburg Pavilion.


Nicole has lived at the Center for Creative Activities in Ustka, Poland to take part in the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art‘s artist in residency program..  Before arriving in Poland she was living in Berlin and completed the GlogauAIR artist in residency program as well as a residency at the Institut für Alles Mögliche. In 2015 she also lived and worked in Russia taking part in the NCCA Art Residence in Kronstadt.  More recently Nicole created a perminant inflatable installation as part of her residency at the Dever Children’s Museum, and she created and showed a new large light instalation at the Amsterdam Light Festival.


Nicole inside her sculpture Vessel.  Image taken by Michael Wickham as part of his 40 Berliners series.