Michael Torquato de Nicola grew up making sense of the world through surfing and art. Born and raised in Orange County, California, he has never lived far from the Ocean.
Mike started surfing at twelve years old and was on the US team by age nineteen. As the first pro surfer from the US team to graduate from College, he learned to negotiate between his athletic pursuits, and the business of surf.
Mike has always designed the work on his surfboards, but it was only when he started traveling and competing Internationally that his work developed into the style it is today. Mike's boards tell the story of his relationship with the oceans from around the globe.
If Mike's surf style can be called fluid his large and colorful mixed media pieces resonate the same fluidity in a layered collage of rhythms, patterns and forms. Some of his favorite ventures have come from working with Marie Claire, The Olson Company and creating and producing Red Bull's '5X' series, seen on FOX, NBC and Fuel TV which feature a new format of competitive surfing. Mike recently produced and art directed the award winning feature length documentary 'The Westsiders'. His work has been seen in Maxim, Surfer magazine, Surf Europe, Waves and Sports illustrated..Mike lives and works in Los Angeles, California.