Nicole Ruggiero is a 3D visual artist whose work is based on the internet and online trends. Her practice concentrates on technology and the emotional and social culture that surrounds it. Her most recent works explore topics such as digital identity, nostalgia, online romance and sexuality, and meme humor. She presents these themes by blurring the boundary between virtual and real. Working in 3D, she creates stills, animations and interactive AR and VR experiences.

I dream of infinite connection through technology and beyond.
Nicole Ruggiero
AR head with different elements in front of blue sky


How did you get into digital art?

I got into digital art while I was in middle school. I was inspired by going onto digital art forums and seeing people form communities around their work. People were kind and helpful with critique and shared similar interests. I begged my dad for a Wacom tablet for Christmas and ever since then have been making digital art. 

What is a place that inspires you?

I am inspired by cities. Cities mirror the microcosms of the internet, rich with culture. It is inspiring for me to peer into shops and see different communities engaging with one another. I like to create stories in my head about what each person might have done with their day and what their daily routine may be like. I create characters and this directly inspires my process. I also think it is important to interview people when referencing their culture; I do this as much as possible whether it is in real life or online. I also love to go into nature to process the business of cities and the quickness of the internet. 

What keeps your spirits up?

Staying close to kind and supportive people. Being in nature and helping others.

What was the last dream you had?

I dream of times where there is further unity and understanding between humans. The internet is a great way to start forming more unity between different cultures.