I have “known” Nikolai Tsai online for several years, beginning on an iconography discussion forum we both frequented. This was around ten years ago, when Nikolai was first starting to accept commissions from churches. By chance, one of his commissions was for St Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church in Fenton, Michigan, my home town.
Mr Tsai, whose given name is Brian, is a convert to the Orthodox Church. He has studied under master iconographers Dmitry Shkolnik, Xenia Pokrovsky, and Marek Czarnecki. He resides in San Francisco. An interview with Nikolai can be found here.