nicole gervacio is an interdisciplinary artist based in occupied Ohlone territory, known as Huichin, commonly known as Oakland, California. her ancestors come from the Bisayan islands and Luzon in the archipelago known as the philippines.

inspired by the body and memory she explores themes of identity, destruction and deterioration, and permanence versus impermanence. her work is driven by the fear of forgetting. she moves with ancestors and future generations in mind.

nicole is an active participant and collaborator with the grassroots adult freedom school Liberation Spring and co-founded the cultural production group We Rise. both continue to deepen her work as an artist and activist.

grateful for this resource from the community: tatlong bagsak for black lives


2016 - Present   Liberation Spring 

2007 - 2011       California College of the Arts, BFA


2017 - Present   Art Teacher, The People's Conservatory

2017 - Present   Assistant, Karina Epperlein

2016 - Present   Visuals, Bedazzlement & Media Support, Liberation Spring

2016 - Present   Co-Founder / Co-Producer, We Rise Production

2015 - 2018       Assistant, Beth Fein, dance anywhere®

2014 - 2015       Artist Coordinator / Lead Artist, Her Resilience

2012 - 2017       Choreographer / Instructor​, Hipline Dance Studio 

2012 - 2015       Graphic Designer / Project & Media Coordinator, Lightning Squad 


2020   Slide Slam, UndscvrdX, Virtual Exhibition - Curated by Balay Kreative

2020   Justice Mural: Heal Oakland, Oakland, CA - Organized by The People's Conservatory in collaboration with Be Imaginative

2020   641 Black Lives Matter Memorial, Berkeley, CA - Organized by Karina Epperlein

2020   Connections, Reflections & Intersections, Electronic Arts: Virtual Panel - Organized by Aspire & BEAT! for Juneteenth Programming

2020   27 Hour Mural for Breonna Taylor, 14th & Broadway, Oakland, CA - Organized by The People's Conservatory

2020   Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader Online Book Sharing & Community Dialogue - Organized by Melissa Nievera-Lozano & Anthony Santa Ana

2019   Holiday Craft Fair, Sama Collective, Oakland, CA - Organized by Liyang Oakland benefit for  Sabokahan 

2019   10th Annual East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest, Omni Commons, Oakland, CA - Organized by EBABZ

2019   Kumain Ka Na?, Magic House, Oakland, CA - Collaboration with Stephanie Gervacio for Filipino American History Month

2019   Protest Art Walk, St. Mary's College, Oakland, CA - For Protest, Parade, & Pop Music: How Action & Arts Fuel Civil Liberties Movements

2018   Pilipinx Radical Imagination Book Reading, SFSU, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Melissa Nievera-Lozano & Anthony Santa Ana

2018   Listening Salon: Poetry & Solo Cello with Russian virtuoso Georgy Gusev, Karinaland, Berkeley, CA - Organized by Karina Epperlein

2018   Pilipinx Radical Imagination Book Reading, Eastwind Books, Berkeley, CA - Organized by Melissa Nievera-Lozano & Anthony Santa Ana

2018   Happy Hour for Women's Audio Mission: Performance with Cat Mahatta, Make-Out Room, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Join The Movement

2018   Pop Up Dance Party for Puerto Rico: Performance with Cat Mahatta, Starline Social Club, Oakland, CA - Organized by Vegan & Sarah, benefit for Maria Fund

2017   Participants: Featured Guest, Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley, CA - Production by TheatreFIRST 

2017   Resilient as F*ck, Qulture Collective, Oakland, CA - Organized by Eri Guajardo Johnson of Birth Bruja

2017   Talking Down to Trump: Featured Artist, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA - Organized by Kris Grossman for 100 Days of Action

2017   We Dance, We Rise, Lake Temescal, Oakland, CA - Organized by We Rise for dance anywhere®

2017   Fired!, Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA - Organized by Shapeshifters Cinema for 100 Days of Action

2016   NoDAPL Emergency Black Friday Rummage Sale, City Limits Gallery, Oakland, CA - Organized by Saif Azzuz & Bonanza Bonanza, benefit for Standing Rock

2016   Samu't Sari, Echo Lake Park, Los Angeles, CA - Organized by Nicole Arca of FilAm Arts          

2016   Remember Our Place?, SOMArts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Sammay Dizon of Urban X Indigenous

2015   Awakened Ancestors // Borrowed Futures, MCCLA, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Lauren Benetua of People of Coloring

2015   Her Resilience, Park Community Garden, Oakland, CA - Organized by Her Resilience

2015   Her Resilience: Community Paint Day, Park Community Garden, Oakland, CA - Organized by Her Resilience

2014   Pistahan, Yuerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Kristian Kabuay for Filipino Arts And Events

2014   Kalayaan, Union Square, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Kristian Kabuay for KalayaanSF

2013   You Don’t Act Like an Indian Girl, Public Works, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Lauryn Porte Benefit for Petals in the Dust

2012   100 Faces, Roll Up Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Lauryn Porte Benefit for FACE AIDS


2019   Deconstructed Pidginhole, Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA - Organized by Epekto Art Projects

2018   Space, Rock Paper Scissors, Oakland, CA - Organized by Epekto Art Projects

2018   Holy Trinity, Bindlestiff Studio, San Francisco, CA - Curated by Melanie Elvena for Women's History Month

2018   Rock Paper Scissors, Warehouse 416, Oakland, CA - Organized by Rock Paper Scissors Collective

2017   APAture: Unravel, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Kearny Street Workshop

2017   Grand Opening, Jig Shop, San Francisco, CA - Organized by Jig Shop

2016   The Last Supper, Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA - Curated by Kate Klingbeil

2016   Bringing Solutions Home, The Flight Deck, Oakland, CA - Organized by Her Resilience

2014   Mission & Vision, Mamá Art Cafe, San Francisco, CA - Curated by Shane Menez

2014   Beyond Breakfast & Selfies, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA - Curated by Femme Cartel

2014   Allow Me to Introduce Myself…, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA - Curated by Katie Cromwell

2013   Bitches Brew, Turpentine Gallery, Oakland, CA - Curated by Kate Klingbeil & Grace Lannon

2013   Spring Dionysian, The Warehouse, San Francisco, CA - Curated by Camille Lynch

2012   Art Murmur, Era, Oakland, CA - Collaborative Installation with Michele Marti

2012   360 Degrees, California College of the Arts North Gallery, Oakland, CA - Curated by Tony Esola

2012   Black and White, Number 9 Gallery, Willits, CA - Curated by Cianna Valley

2012   Curiosities, Rock Paper Scissors Collective, Oakland, CA - Curated by Chris Hambrick

2012   Stimulus, 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA

2012   Days To  Come, 5 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA - Curated by Crystal Townsend

2011   dance. art. music. style. fashion., DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA - Curated by First Class Arts

2011   Baccalaureate ExhibitionPLAySPACE, San Francisco, CA

2011   Student Scholarship Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY - National Juried Exhibition

2010   burdens and blessings, California College of the Arts Center Gallery, Oakland, CA - Solo Exhibition

2009   Past Infinity, Oliver Arts Center, Oakland, CA - Juried Exhibition

2008   First Year Honors Exhibition, Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2020   Consciousness Rooting in the Heart of Autumn, We Rise Production, Virtual Series

2020   Wellness Lab: Embodied Dance, Out & Equal: 2020 Workplace Summit, Virtual Webinar

2019   Radical Love Through Dance, Radical Monarchs, Oakland, CA

2019   Expanding Through Dance, Radically Fit, Oakland, CA

2018   I Owe You Nothing, The Compact Campfire, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

2018   embodied drama, The Compact Campfire, Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

2018   embodied drama, Abun-Dance, Oakland, CA

2017   Re-landing Through Movement, Liberation Spring Retreat, Bolinas, CA

2017   Revolutionary Zine, Liberation Spring Retreat, Sebastopol, CA

2017   Putting in Werq, Dance Party, Oakland, CA

2017   BODY DRAMAHHH: RADICAL LOVE, Hipline, Oakland, CA

2016   Spectrum of Identity, Liberation Spring Retreat, Oakland, CA

2016   Body Talk, Liberation Spring Retreat, Sebastopol, CA

2016   BODY DRAMAHHH: GROWN A$$ WOMAN, Hipline, Oakland, CA

2014   BODY DRAMAHHH, Hipline, Oakland, CA


2020   Decolonizing Strategies: Consciousness Rooting Gatherings with We Rise | Birth Bruja Podcast

2020   Oakland Artists, Community Members Create Murals In Solidarity with Black Lives Matters | SF Chronicle

2019   Starburst | Radically Fit

2018   What Our First Ever Feminist Summer Camp Was Like | A Practical Wedding

2017   A Tribute to Our Ancestors We Rise on KPFB

2017   Filipino American History Month | Full Circle

2017   Feature: Nicole Gervacio | Ano Ba Zine

2016   31 Days of Revolutionary Women, #27: Nieves Fernandez | South Seattle Emerald

2015   Meet the Nominees for the Oakland Indies | Wear Your Voice Magazine

2015   Now Announcing Lead Artist: Nicole Gervacio | People of Coloring

2015   East Oakland Mural Honors Women Effected by Violence | Making Contact

2015   The Unveiling of ‘Her Resilience’ | Oakulture

2015   Her Resilience: From Seed to Flower | Oakland Voices

2015   Artists Create a Mural Project to Honor Women Affected by Violence | Oakland North

2015   This Week In Feminism | Wear Your Voice Magazine

2015   This Weekend’s Top Five Events | East Bay Express

2015   Her Resilience: Quelling Violence Against Women Through Art | Wine & Bow Ties

2015   Oakland Mural Honors Women Who Have Experienced Violence | Oakland Local

2014   Her Resilience: Women in Control of Their Own Image | Inside Bay Area News & Oakland Voices

2014   Artist Interview: Nicole Gervacio | Jung Katz

2014   On The Go | SFMOMA

2014   Filipino American Artists Exhibit Live Art at Kalayaan |

2014   ‘Allow Me to Introduce Myself…’ at Gallery 1988 | Platinum Cheese

2013   Nicole Gervacio | Workspace SF

2012   Roll Up Gallery Benefit for FACE AIDS | Art Business

2012   5 Claude Lane Gallery’s “Days to Come” | SF Art Enthusiast

2012   The Sketchbook Project | Wanderlust

2012   Illustration Students Triumph in Society of Illustrators Competition | CCA News


2020   We Rise Zine: Consciousness Rooting

2019   opposite sides of an ocean

2019   Filipino American Artist Directory 3

2018   People of Coloring Limited Edition: Volume 1, Issue 1 - order a copy

2018   Mariposa: Addressing U.S. Border Violence with Action, Magick, and Prayer

2018   The Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader - order a copy

2018   Filipino American Artist Directory 2

2017   Ano Ba Zine Issue 3

2017   We Rise Zine: Roots & Wings

2017   Ano Ba Zine Issue 2

2015   People Of Coloring: Awakened Ancestors \\ Borrowed Futures

2015   Mills Quarterly: In Her Image

2014   Lady Warrior Zine IV: ‘Til Death Do Us Part


2020   Dance Instructor, Dance for Kadamay, Virtual Fundraiser, Oakland, CA - Collaboration with Gabriela Oakland, benefit for Kadamay

2020   Dance Instructor, Dance Dance Dance for Taal, In the Groove Studios, Oakland, CA - Collaboration with Gabriela Oakland, benefit for Bayanihan Disaster Relief

2019   Social Media Management, Pacifica Radio May Day Broadcast, Oakland, CA

2019   Choreography Support, A Letter to My Ex: The Musical, Mills College, Oakland, CA

2018 - 2019 Social Media Management, TEDxSOMA: Modern Campfires, San Francisco, CA

2017   Dance Instructor, Abun-dance, Roses in Concrete, Oakland, CA - All funds raised by Embodied Drama benefited Sogorea Te' Land Trust

2017   Media Support, TEDxSOMA: Subject to Change, SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA

2017   Dance Instructor, Shimmy Pop-A-Thon, Hipline, Oakland, CA - Benefit for Oakland Elizabeth House

2017   Dance Instructor, International Women's Day Strike, Hipline, Oakland

2016   Dance Instructor, Shimmy Pop-A-Thon, Hipline, Oakland, CA - Benefit for Oakland Elizabeth House

2014   Dance Instructor, International Women’s Day at Girls Inc., Girls Inc. of Alameda County, Oakland CA

2014   Teacher Assistant, Girls Inc., International Community School, Oakland, CA


Epekto Art Projects 

Filipino American Artist Directory

People of Coloring


First Voice Media


KPFA Women's Magazine

Finding The Gold Within

Feral Visions


RTFisher Educational Enterprises, Inc.

Wear Your Voice Magazine

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