Nadia Reed was born in New York,
and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Early on, she showed
remarkable talent and, as a teenager, was selected to be in a
group show at the Oakland Museum of Art. The prestigious San
Francisco Art festival quickly picked her up, and showed her
work for two years. At the age of sixteen she was accepted into
the Academy of Art in San Francisco, where she studied anatomy
and figure drawing, as well as traditional classes in etching,
lithography, painting and drawing.
Currently she resides and works in Southern California.
Nadia is of mixed heritage: Native American (Chinook/Quinault)
and European descent. Her artistic influences are a mix of Abstract
Expressionism, and traditional Pacific Northwestern Native American
During college, Reed studied art, music and film. In 1978, she
was accepted into the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where
she studied Jazz piano, Sound Engineering and Big Band composition
for four years. After a post-collegiate trip abroad, Reed decided
to move to Los Angeles and return to a full-time career as a
visual artist. Throughout the last nine years, Reed has worked
in Los Angeles as a freelance and graphic artist. Largely self
taught, she apprenticed and worked as an artist's assistant/apprentice
with Hiro Yamagata, among others. She studied Pictorial Oil Painting
(realism) with Paul Bedard, in order to achieve a high level
of rendering and a tighter dimension to her work.
After mastering photo-realism and highly representational work,
Reed's most recent body of work is much looser, and explores
her ancestral roots. Always interested in the demystification
of native American cultural heritage, she is using a highly developed
combination of abstraction and traditional art. Her most recent
work explores issues of land & heritage. The subject matter
deals with water, tribal dances and motion.