Mateo Nikolav is a multimedia producer and visual artist based in Los Angeles, California.
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Mateo became passionate about cultural diversity by living in three different countries and networking through his love of photography during his teenage years. These experiences shaped his perspective and affinity for people, meeting countless individuals from all walks of life.
In his work, Mateo enjoys exploring the collective human experience through photography, written stories, video and other collaborative mediums. Upon relocating from Bogotá, Colombia to Washington DC in 2015, Mateo created his photography business Cinematica Moments which focuses on event & portrait photography/videography. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2018, he has written, directed and edited three short films including a music video and co-created the original docu-series "Video Diaries"
Apart from his camera work, Mateo created Decoded Studio in 2020, a design agency that offers original entertainment content and media product branding services. Later the same year, he co-founded Decoded Artists, an online initiative to uplift disadvantaged communities with free classes and the tools necessary to jumpstart their filmmaking journeys. Decoded's "Mobile Filmmaking Masterclass" was a great success, with over 15 short film submissions and sponsorship support from companies like LumaTouch, Filmic Inc, Moondog Labs and Final Draft Inc.
Mateo is currently pursuing his dream to become a creative director, working with Santa Monica College on its production of "Las Tres Chicas" as director of photography, co-producer & with the American Film Institute on many of their thesis projects as a digital imaging technician, marketing specialist and BTS photographer.