Nicole Lian Aponte is a Puerto Rican artist enthralled with the world of painting -- its materiality, forms, and colors. Through painting, she investigates identity, landscape, and adaptation. Her process draws parallels between her experiences of moving around and the physical actions in her work. With a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California Los Angeles (2010) and a Masters in Fine Arts from the California College of Arts (2016), she studies this line of inquiry and imagines her own primal landscape. Aponte has participated in a handful of exhibitions in California, as well as has a show in Dallas at Sherle Wagner Art Gallery. She is one of the recipients of the Dennis Leon and Christin Nelson scholarship (2016) and the Clyde & Co. Community Art Award (2015, 2016).