Nicolas was born in Belgium, and left his native country at an early age with his family. Growing up in South Africa, England, Canada and the US, he acquired his inspirations from many travels and experiences. Nicolas comes from an artistic family, with his Great Great Grandfather, Charles Auguste Fraikin (1817-1893), a well accomplished sculptor and pharmacist. With sculptures in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and throughout Belgium. Henri Evenepoel (1872-1899), a distant cousin, was a prolific painter who died at the young age of 27. He spent time in North Africa painting, with works in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and private collections.
Nicolas developed his skills quite young, when his mother enrolled him in a children’s program at the Fine Arts School of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. After leaving South Africa at eight, he eventually went on to study Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Johannesburg, and Brussels. He completed studies in Reims, France at Ecole Blot with a diploma in Decorative Painting. His works are in private collections in Chile, Los Angeles, Belgium, Bali, England, Singapore and Florida. He now resides with his wife in Florida, sharing their love for art.