Nikita Ares was born in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines in 1996, and has lived in Seattle, WA since the age of 17. She received her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018. Her work consists primarily of drawings and paintings inspired by intimate moments. The movements and energies of humans and objects interest her, and she creates variations of these gestures in her work. Her work is described as an "energetic system of dreamscapes, which oscillate between the act of mark making and the creation of vivid worlds." She has shown at Cloud Gallery, Specialist Gallery, Party Hat and studio e, among others.