Niki Waters is a Filipino-American artist who grew up internationally and spent most of her formative years in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Laguna, Philippines. She currently resides in Vallejo, California. Niki graduated from the Academy of Art University (AAU) in 2011 with a degree in illustration.
Since graduating, Niki has shown her work in various art shows/galleries throughout California and has illustrated for companies such as Vox (Eater), LA Times, the US Department of State and Mosa Mack. Her skillset has recently lent itself well to Middle School illustration work, particularly work that is used for educational purposes.
To keep things exciting, Niki constantly changes the media she’s working with so that she can approach an idea from different angles. Some of her current favorite media are silkscreen printing, collage, pen and ink, and digitally for print and web.
Niki is currently in the beginning stages of writing and illustrating her own graphic novel, which is a BIPOC and LGBTQ period piece geared towards the YA reader. She loves incorporating her Filipino heritage into her work, and this graphic novel will pay tribute to her Filipino roots.
In her free time, Niki can be found in her backyard with her fur-babies Delilah (a 13-year-old cat), Archie (a 7-year-old cat), Mr. Chili Peppers (a 5-year-old dog) and Daisy (a 3-year-old psychotic Belgian Malinois and the apple of Niki's eye). She also loves to travel the world with her husband, Jason Toney. They enjoy eating exciting new foods, sight-seeing and plein air painting together, and they hashtag their painting adventures, #jasonandnikipainttheworld on Instagram.