Niko Tolentino, providence, R,I Member Since June 2009 Artist Statement My name is Niko Tolentino, born Nicholas Tolentino Jr, to two proud Dominicans who were also very influenced by art and music in Providence,rhode island. My father was a musician. He was self taught with a guitar, piano and singing. My mother was also a singer and an artist of sorts. Finding her drawings as a young child and watching my father play paved the way for my work today along with my life experiences. when you look at my work your seeing myself and what I've seen transformed into a universal language.