About Nikki LAVI

Nicole Banks, also known as Nikki Lavi, is a self-taught artist born and raised in Southeast, Washington D.C. Nikki began her art career creating alongside her father, Marvin Banks Sr., an artist in his own right, at the tender age of 3.  Her passion for art was evident early when she independently completed her first painting at the age of 5 years old.  Nikki continued to hone her craft using all mediums including but not limited to oil, pencil, chalk, watercolor, and acrylic. Nikki continued to master her craft throughout her teen years, and by age of 25, her art began to take on a more sensual tone with her vibrant and colorful “CandyGirls” which has become recognizable as Lavi creations. If you should ask Nikki about being an artist… “I feel like I was born to be an artist and I am at my happiest when I am creating and sharing my visions with others.”


Nikki currently resides in Clinton, Maryland where she continues to strive to make her mark in the art world.