About Art Nxt Level Academy
Being a successful artist today is more than making great art in the studio. It requires new skills in marketing, social media and business in order to build a sustainable art career. You’ve probably realized that already which is why you are here.
We want to help you build your self-confidence, sell more art, increase exposure and experience success through the resources we have inside the Art NXT Level Academy alongside a community of international artists, that like you, are serious about their success.
Meet the Team
Sergio Gomez, MFA
Founder, Art Nxt Level
Sergio Gómez is a visual artist born in Puebla and raised in Mexico City. Since 1988, he has resided in Chicago. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Governors State University and received a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts from Northern Illinois University.
Sergio’s work has been the subject of more than 45 solo exhibitions in the United States, Romania, Italy, Mexico and Vienna. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Spain, Sweden, Mexico, Austria, Italy, South Korea, England, Kairo, Belgium and the United States. His work is in several private and public collections. In 2018 Sergio was the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of the City of Queretaro, Mexico, Museum of the City of Cuernavaca, Mexico, Museum of Art of the City of Cluj, Romania, Museo Internazionale Italia Arte of Turin, Italy and ACS Gallery, Chicago.
Besides his studio work, Sergio Gómez is Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago, Director and founder of 33 Contemporary Gallery, co-founder of Art NXT Level®, and founder of Amplified Art Network.
He has curated over 100 exhibitions in the US and abroad such as “The National Self-Portrait Exhibition”, “Get Real: New Figurative Realism in Chicago” “CelebrARTE”, “Chicago’s Twelve”, “I AM American Traveling Exhibition” and the “National Wet Paint Biannual MFA Exhibition” which has become a catalyst for emerging painters across the USA.
His weekly Art NXT Level podcast and Breakfast with Sergio video show inspires and educates contemporary artists from around the world. Sergio has curated special projects for the Chicago Park District, Chicago Garfield Park Conservatory, ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair, Sirona Fine Arts Miami, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali of Turin, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Expo Chicago Art Fair among others. Sergio is the co-author of the book Crush Self-Sabotage and Live Fully! The Artist's Wellness Journey to Confidence and Success found wherever books are sold.
Dr. Yanina Gomez, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Art Next Level
Dr. Yanina is a psychologist, author, and speaker. She has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Educational Psychology and has also completed the Internal Family Systems Model Training, an integrative approach to psychotherapy.
Dr. Yanina began her career as a psychologist working with children from pre-school to high school and helping parents raise their children in a healthier way. Her career has evolved throughout the years and among other projects, she helps parents maintain healthier and stronger relationships with their children, as well as, discipline and raise confident, independent children. She also helps individuals pursue healthier emotional wellness through her various resources.
Dr. Yanina is the lead author of the book Crush Self-Sabotage and Live Fully! The Artist's Wellness Journey to Confidence and Success. She is also the author of Moms Don’t Quit! How to Influence, Empower and Stay Connected with Your Tween or Teen in a Noisy World. This book has been translated into Spanish and Turkish and was placed in the top 10 finalists under its category for the 2018 Author Academy Awards, a competition featuring authors from around the world.
Throughout the years, she has observed how art has the potential to affect the emotions, psychological states, and moods of people. Similarly, through coaching and numerous conversations with artists, she has witnessed how art making can be used as a tool to ease one’s tensions, release anxiety, as well as, a powerful and influential way to share the artist’s voice with the world.
Her insight and understanding of the psycho-emotional issues many artists experience have helped her develop practical mindset and emotional wellness resources artists may benefit from as they grow their art career. She believes that artists who maintain an optimal wholeness balance (Mind, Body, Soul) can enjoy healthier lives while making a greater impact in this world. She enjoys developing seminars, programs, and resources that are relevant to the thriving contemporary artist, especially brainstorming with artists about their career development and emotional well-being. Finally, she is a mother of two amazing children.