Nicole Akstein was born and raised in Atlanta, GA in 1985 to Brazilian parents. She received her BFA in Photography in 2007 from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has freelanced for publications such as The Village Voice, Atlanta Magazine, and Blender Magazine. Akstein's work has been exhibited in Georgia and New York.
Her work explores ideas surrounding identity, gender, culture, and societal & social structures. Most images are shot with traditional black & white or color film, in 35 and 120mm formats. She has integrated video, light projection and mixed media installations into her work; in particular, Sylvania; No. 37 and Mother, Mãe.
Akstein received her Masters of Art Education and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia in 2014. She has taught art to students in pre-K through high school at various schools and community centers in the US, Brazil, India, & Italy. She is currently based in Lyon, France where she leads workshops & is involved in arts outreach.