Nico was born in 1969 while his parents were in the middle of a year long visit to Iran, the country of his fathers birth. Shortly after his birth they all returned to their home in New York City. Manoucher Yektai is a noted abstract expressionist painter and poet. Niki Yektai is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books.

Nico formalized his life long involvement with art when he majored in Art History at Hobart College in Geneva New York. He understood that this was a constructive step in his development as an artist in his own right. To further that pursuit Nico attended the School Of American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York.

Nico established his own studio in 1995 in Sag Harbor New York. He continues to live and work on the East End of Long Island with his wife Elizabeth and their two boys Jasper and Wyatt.
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