Jewelry artist and goldsmith Nicole Uurbanus initiated her career at the Japan Jewelry Academy, in Tokyo, in 1979. She mastered several techniques (in wax and metal) in Japan, and continued studying (design, stone-setting, engraving, gemology) after moving to Brazil, in 1984, where she set up a studio.
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions. Having lived in Holland, Brazil, Pakistan and Japan has significantly enriched Nicole's artistic abilities in the art of jewelry making. Nicole works in silver and/or gold, making use of Brazilian stones as well as other materials.
Her growing interest in sculpture has led to an on-going self-study in art, and the development of larger pieces, in combination with jewelry.
CV - Related educational background 1979-1983 Japan Jewelry Academy, Tokyo - jewelry making 1989 Galeria Blue Life, São Paulo - sculpture 1990 Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, São Paulo - artistic drawing 1992 Professor Andrea, São Paulo - stone-setting and engraving 1993 Sociedade Gemológica, São Paulo - jewelry design 1994 Liceu de Artes e Ofícios, São Paulo - weaving 1999 Atelier de Escultura van Akker, São Paulo - masks 2000 Estudio Duo, São Paulo - wax modeling 2004 University of São Paulo - gemology techniques 2004 University of São Paulo - descriptive gemology 2005 University of São Paulo - elements of minerals and rocks 2006 Andréa Branco - calligraphy 2007 University of São Paulo - introduction to sculpture 2009 MAM Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo – drawing, model 2010 MUBE Museum of Sculpture, São Paulo - sculpture
Exhibitions 1989 Galeria Blue Life, São Paulo (group exhibit) 1989 Black Horse Inn, Embu das Artes (solo) 1990 Black Horse Inn, Embu das Artes (solo) 1991 Sunday Design, Morumbi Shopping Mall, São Paulo (design fair) 1994 Ovídio Restaurant, São Paulo (group exhibit) 2000 Kas de Alma Blou, Curaçao (art gallery) 2001-2008 Studio Exhibit, São Paulo 2003 Iguatemi Mall, São Paulo - HolandaHoje (solo exhibit) 2006 Galerie Guthschmidt, The Hague, Holland (solo exhibit) 2007 Galerie Cécile van Eeden, Eindhoven, Holland (solo exhibit) 2008 Galeria Sasson, São Paulo (group exhibit) 2008 Galerie Année, Haarlem, Holland (group exhibit) 2008-2009 Watertoren, Schoonhoven, Holland (group exhibit) 2009 International Quilt Championship, Veldhoven, Holland (group exhibit)