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Pixar Animator to Speak on Campus

Animation artist Ricky Nierva will speak on campus from 2:30–4 p.m. on March 28 in Wilde Auditorium.

Ricky Vega Nierva attended California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Character Animation in 1994. He credits his visual style to close mentor and famed Warner Brothers and Disney designer, the late Maurice Noble. Ricky has worked with talented artists at Turner Feature Animation, Warner Bros., Baer Animation, and Hanna Barbera.

Ricky Nierva joined Pixar Animation Studios in May 1997. He began with the animation team as a visual development artist and did additional storyboarding on “Toy Story 2.” He was the lead character designer for “Monster's Inc.” and was awarded an Annie Award as the character art director for the Academy Award® winning feature “Finding Nemo.” Nierva was the production designer for another Oscar® winner, and Best Picture nominee, “Up” and most recently worked as the production designer “Monsters University.”

Nierva has illustrated a children's book published by Random House, titled “‘M’ is for Monster,” and his artwork is also featured in the books, “The Art of Monster's, Inc.,” “The Art of Finding Nemo,” and “The Art of Monsters University” by Chronicle Books. Nierva’s work was included in MOMA’s exhibition, “Pixar: 20 years of Animation” in 2006.

When not dreaming up new character designs, he enjoys triathlons, eating ice cream, and playing the ukulele.