Nicole Dyan Koenitzer Tartaglia is an artist, designer, and developer. She works full time as an UI/X and Visual designer for Edmund Optics. She also serves on the board of AIGA Philadelphia with the title of Interactive Director. Her freelance brand,, has a wide variety of design and art clients and projects. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2005, receiving a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Graphic Design and Computer Science. In her spare time she is fine arts painter, creating large scale mixed media abstract paintings up to ten feet by five feet. Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and events nationally. Nicole lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, two cats, and her soon-to-be daughter (due in May 2015).


With a graphic design and computer programming background, Nicole Koenitzer’s work combines painting, logic, design, film, and writing into art pieces that explore the input of society on a resultant output ‘personality’ through imagery alone. Often using herself as a subject matter, specifically her own face, her exploration leads to ideas about contrasting, shifting, repetitive, hidden, and inconsistent thoughts. Large frontal images display a mystique where layers upon layers are applied, then removed to allow for some unexpected exposure. Many facets are still hidden or covered, symbolizing the complexity of the personality. Her use of two dimensional illustrations and sculptures embody quick judgments. Using movable parts portrays change over time, where no single idea or thought is ever finite. At other times she focuses on contrast, specifically a variance of vibrant, yet simple colors and opposing themes. Her explorations attempt to logicize and show the human persona.