Nico was born in Mexico City where his interest in film began at an early age visiting local film sets. Nico moved around a lot as a child, living in New York City, Mexico City, Morelos, San Fransisco, and now Los Angeles. Inspired by photographer Flor Garduño and golden age cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, he developed a life long passion for image making and storytelling. Nico graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Film and Art History from Chapman University Dodge College. Today he works internationally as a music video, commercial, documentary, and feature film cinematographer. He loves blues, history, reading, and playing guitar.
American Society of Cinematographers Gordon Willis Heritage Award 2015
Kodak International Scholarship Cinematography Award 2015
KRAF International Film Festival Best Cinematography 2016
Top Shorts Jury Prize Best Cinematography 2017
London International Festival of World Cinema Best Cinematography in a Feature Film 2018
Slamdance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for "Rock Steady Row" 2018.
Student Academy Award Nomination for film "HUM" 2015.
Sydney Indie Film Festival Best Cinematography Nomination 2017
Watersprite Film Festival Best Cinematography Nomination 2017
Paris Art and Movie Awards Best Cinematography Nomination 2017
Vilmos Zsigmond Film Festival Nomination 2017