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Nate Geare is an artist whose passion for creating beautiful art spans across a range of mediums. Born in Phoenix and raised in Napa, California, Nate honed his skills at UCLA, where he earned his art degree.
A Brief History

In the wacky circus that is my life, this tale emerges as a high wire act, a tightrope walk of sheer stubbornness, with a dash of naivete, mixed with a little grit. Picture this: once a high school linebacker (captain of the defensive team, no biggie), I gracefully pirouetted into the world of massage therapy. A carefully choreographed move to dodge the dreaded fate of slinging drinks or waiting tables. Or, heaven forbid, a desk job (ugh). I needed something to juggle while navigating the labyrinthine halls of academia.

Fast forward through a somewhat blurry six-year epic of good times and higher learning. Pit stops in Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Santa Monica paved the way to my ultimate destination – UCLA. The journey was no cakewalk; two rejections from UCLA's Studio Arts program led me to a quasi-"grad program" at Santa Monica City College. After surviving brutal painting critiques and a heartbreakingly honest talk from my then-professors about my lackluster painting skills (tears were shed, not gonna lie), I found myself on the brink of quitting. Also my girlfriend of 4 years was begging for more attention which I didn't have time to give.

But, lo and behold, I persevered. Out went the girlfriend, in came a laser focus on sculptural art. Why? Well, the bar for sculpture is lower than a limbo contest at first glance in the world of conceptual Post-Post-Modern art. Just a tidbit of advice for fellow wanderers on a similar path.

The gamble paid off. That acceptance letter to UC colleges became my lifeline. "UCLA or bust," I declared. Sculpture took the spotlight in my portfolio, and the third time was the charm— I was accepted to UCLA in 2006 and graduated in 2008! Since then, I've fine-tuned my illustrative painting skills, with my artwork gracing spaces in LA, Palm Springs, and the SF Bay Area. My current art headquarters? The infamous 111 Minna Gallery in downtown San Francisco, with honorable mentions at Mirus Gallery and the Mom and Pop Shop of Pt Richmond.

Now in my 40s, the saga continues. The sun rises and sets on the Bay, world leaders play chess with our fate as they prepare for our imminent demise, and yet, here we are, fueled by caffeine, legal cannabis, and misguided optimism, chasing our version of happiness. The next show beckons, and the burning question lingers—who will be the first to bid on a 'Nate Geare' at auction? And just how much are they willing to throw down?"

What's Next?

Current & Upcoming Events

The Mom n Pop Shop show, 'IllumiNATEd' was a success! The show has come down and the work has been moved to my new home for all things Art and Natendo, Action Fireworks, a new art gallery/wine bar/ live music venue in Napa CA. We're having our first event/party on Dec 9th so look forward to pics of that coming soon. The next big event to be held there will be Valentine's Day weekend. More info coming soon!

There are several irons in the fire for 2024. Currently I am designing new, unique arcade cabinets for a future show called “Natendo,” which is very likely to be part of a larger group show called “Don’t Hate the Player…” the seeds have been planted. Just waiting to hear back from a particular gallery as to their interest in hosting the show or if we might take our idea elsewhere. If you or someone you know has a gallery or a super awesome place to potentially host a cool art show, please do not hesitate to reach out

I also have something brewing in the city of Napa’s Arts District. You’ll just have to stay tuned.

Be sure to sign my guest book on your way out. Maybe share a story about how you know me or if you own an original Nate Geare, tell us about it.

Paintings and collections

Life Goal - make as much cool art as I can before I die. (We all gotta die someday. I just don't want to leave behind a garage full of half made ideas) 

What will I do next?? Where will my art interests take me?.. And most importantly, who’s coming with me…?

Got Questions?

Below are a few of the most commonly asked, please feel free to contact me here if you have any other questions and maybe I’ll add yours to the list below.

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