Born Hector Nazario in the South Bronx in 1967. He was fortunate enough to be born with creativity running through his veins At an early age. Throughout the 1970’s he played in abandoned buildings, transforming them in his mind into magical worlds of wonder and using his surroundings to create trucks and cars of bricks and wood chunks found in abandoned lots in his south Bronx neighborhood.
In the 80’s, as a teenager he was drawn to the colored written Graffiti on the Subway train’s and walls. He went on to become one of the founding members of The Famous “TAT Crew”. It was his first official introduction to the art world.
At the end off the Subway Painting movement that propelled the TAT crew into subculture stardom, the members split and went there own ways, except for three. NICER and his two childhood painting partners vowed to continue to do what they’d loved, painting.
Forming the first Graffiti Company of its kind, “TATS CRU, INC” was born. It was 1996 and “TATSC CRU’ had one main goal; to show the world that Graffiti is a viable Art form.
In the Three decades that NICER has been painting he has created artwork for clients like:
Adult Swim Network, Atlantic Records, Avirex, Axe, Bloomberg, Boost Mobile, BP, Bureau of the Census US, Coca-Cola USA, Columbia Pictures, Crunch fitness USA, EAB, Electra Records, Ford Motor Group, Fire Stone Tires, Home Depot, Hummer, Leo Burnett Worldwide, Loud Records, Lugz, McDonald’s, Metropolitan Hospital, M&M Candy Company, MSG Network, MTV Labs, Nike, NY Liberty’s Basketball, N.Y.F.D., Reebok International, Ritmo Latino, Shandwick, Smithsonian Institute, Snapple USA, Sony USA, Squeezer, St. Barnabas Hospital, The Bravo Group, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The House of Seagrams, Tommy Boy Reacords, Tommy Hillfiger, Universal Records, Upshot USA,
The New York Times, New York Magazine, USA Today, Vibe, Associated press, The New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Rap Pages, Asbury Park Press, El Diario, Latina Magazine, The Source, Stress, Mass Appeal and Details.
His Artwork has been included in Books such as:
Spray Can Art,(Thames and Hudson, Inc. 1987). The Art of Getting Over (St. martin’s Martin’s Press 1999) and R.I.P. NYC Memorial Wall Art (Henry Holt & Co. 1994) NICER’s artwork was chosen for the Books cover.
2008 GRAND SOCIETY GALLERY / “MARKING IT UP”
2008 LORD & TAYLOR / “ART IN ACTION” NY, USA
2008 BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS BX, NY USA
2007 THE SHOWROOM NYC / “TOKYOPLASTIC” NY, USA
2006 THE AURORA GALLERY / “THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT” NY, USA
2006 FUSE GALLERY / “NEW YORK’S OWN” NY, USA
2004 PHILLIPS,DE PURY AND LUXEMBOURG GALLERY / “DOWNTOWN FOR DEMOCRACY” NY, USA
2004 BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS / “FUTURE CLASSIC”
2004 BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES / “TATS CRU-THE MURAL KINGS” NY,USA
2004 TOY TOKYO GALLERY / “TAG THE SYSTEM” NY, USA
2004 INTERNATIONAL ARTEXPO NEW YORK, JACOB K. JAVITS CENTER
2003 MCCAIG-WELLES GALLERY / “BATTLE GRAPHICS” NY, USA
2001 SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE / “FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL” PERMANENT COLLECTION WASHINGTON, DC USA
1987 GUERNSEYS / “GRAFFITI AT AUCTION” PUCK BUILDING NY, USA
1987 BRONX RIVER GALLERY Bronx, NY, USA
1984 BIRMINGHAM LIBRARY ART EXHIBIT Birmingham , UK