Nicola De Maria
biography

Born in Foglianise on December 6, 1954, Nicola De Maria has lived in Turin since he was a little boy. He earned a master's degree in medicine, then continued studying with a specialization in psychiatry, but has never been employed as a doctor because he has always preferred working as an artist. Following a short period of photographic work in 1975, he created a wealth of drawings on writing paper, first in pencil and later in pastel, oil, and watercolour.

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biography

Born in Foglianise on December 6, 1954, Nicola De Maria has lived in Turin since he was a little boy. He earned a master's degree in medicine, then continued studying with a specialization in psychiatry, but has never been employed as a doctor because he has always preferred working as an artist. Following a short period of photographic work in 1975, he created a wealth of drawings on writing paper, first in pencil and later in pastel, oil, and watercolour.
With increasing success he began to apply paint directly onto walls and produced small canvas paintings. De Maria found in painting the most appropriate language in which to express himself, and through that medium he entered the lively world of Arte Concettuale in Turin. Thanks to the influence of that artistic movement, and to his broad
foundation in both modern and classic culture, Nicola De Maria was able to develop his characteristically spiritual and lyrical language. Every one of his works is pure colour and poetry.

In 1977, the artist completed his first mural painting in Milan, and in the same year created another mural at the Paris Biennale. De Maria continued to trascend the canvas by pervading the exhibition space with colour techniques used in frescoes by the Italian Masters. During the 1980s, the artist painted several spaces, and exhibited several retrospectives of his oil paintings. During these years, De Maria's works served as a foundation for the exhibitions of
the Transavanguardia group organized by the critic Achille Bonito Oliva. The painter was initially included in this artistic movement, but he soon developed his own direction, producing non-figurative and small-scale works. His art is abstract but full of figurative elements that are not only poetic (such as in Regno dei Fiori, 1983/85) but, most of all, spiritual (La Testa Allegra Di Un Angelo Bello, 1986/87.) The artist seems to transform poetry into painting;
every single work presents the magic frontier of a fairy-tale world. In this vein, De Maria once described himself in an interview as: "one who writes poems with his hands soaked in colors."

 

In the 1990s, this spirituality led the artist to concentrate on pure abstraction and transformed his works into a sort of prayer that can be represented only through a strong symbolic vocabulary. A vivid chromaticism characterizes his works of this period. De Maria uses colors in a way that reflects his affection for the " Mediterraneanity" of his land, and continues to create landscapes populated by the brave, wise, and luminous elements of the natural world.
However, these subjects are evoked rather than depicted, as the artist compels the observer to become immersed in the fabulous, spiritual, and poetic world of its creator.

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exhibitions

2016 

– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Nicola De Maria. La libertà

 

2015 

– Pietrasanta, Galleria Cardi, Festa cosmica

– Milano, Centro San Fedele 

– Firenze, Teatro Obihall, Musica colorata dai sogni

 

2014 

– Tokyo, Col Gallery

 

2013 

– Torino, GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna, I fogli che il vento mi sparge sono disegni di vento e di animali

 

2012 

– Osaka, Col Gallery

 

2011 

– Prato, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, I miei dipinti s’inchinano a Dio

– Oksala, Col Gallery

 

2010 

– Milano, Galleria Cardi

– Tokyo, Col Gallery

 

2009 

– Pietrasanta, Galleria Cardi

– Torino, Libreria dei quattro venti

 

2008 

– Roma, Galleria Pio Monti – withEmilio Prini 

 

– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano 

– Repubblica di San Marino, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Festa dell’atmosfera che brilla

 

2007 

– Tokyo, Col Gallery, Fiori del tempo

 

2006 

– Tokyo, Col Gallery, Esplorazione cosmica del profondo

– Milano, Galleria Cardi 

 

2005 

– Athína, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Parmenide. Desideri Cosmici

– Pietrasanta, Galleria Flora Bigai, Antologia

– Paris, Galerie Lelong, O Vita, nell’arte mantieni intatto il tuo mistero

– Osaka, Col Gallery, Esplorazione della vita cosmica

 

2004 

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Roma, MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Elegia cosmica

– Torino, Luci d’artista 2004-2005, Regno dei Fiori: Nido cosmico di tutte le Anime

– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Astri fatati

– Tokyo, Col Gallery, Architetture dei sentimenti dipinti

 

2003 

– Appenzell, Kunsthalle Zeigelhutte, La musica dell’Appenzell

– Trento, Museo Diocesano Tridentino, Universo senza bombe

– Trento, Sagrato della Chisa di Santa Maria Maggiore, I miei dipinti sono le bandiere della gioia e della forza

– Pescara, Rizziero Arte, Testa dell’artista cosmico pittore e cantante

– Osaka, Galleria Col 

– Tokyo, Fuji Television Gallery, Petali di ciliegio cosmico

 

2002 

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Tokyo, Col Gallery

– Milano, Galleria Cardi & Co., Lettera d’amore alle Muse che fuggono

 

2001 

– Helsinki, Galerie Forsblom, Elegia per la libertà

– New York, Sperone Westwater Gallery, Testa Angelica

 

2000 

– Paris, Galerie Lelong, La purezza: musica proibita

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Tokyo, Col Gallery

 

1999 

– Koper, Galerija Loža, Poesia dipinta

– Zürich, Galerie Lelong, Primavera

– Venezia, Galleria A + A

– Osaka, Col Gallery

 

1998 

– Linz, Neue Galerie der Stadt; Linz, Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum; Vaduz, Liechtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Poesia dipinta

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Milano, Galleria Cardi 

 

1997 

– Hannover, Galerie Borkowski 

– Düsseldorf, Galerie Beck & Eggeling, Testa paesaggio con l’infinità delle anime

– Osaka, Col Gallery

 

1996 

– Zürich, Galerie Lelong, Fiore Dada punk

– Milano, Viafarini – with Carla Accardi 

– Yokohama, Yokohama Portside Gallery, I bei giorni non finiranno mai

– Paris, Galerie Lelong, Poesia dipinta

 

1995 

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Milano, Galleria Cardi

 

1994 

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli, Regno dei Fiori 12 Aprile 1994

– Boston, Mario Diacono Gallery

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Ludwigsburg, Kunstverein, Giorni, Parole, Stelle, Fiori

– Montbéliard, Musée et Centre d’Art Contemporain

– Brescia, Galleria Alberto Valerio

 

1993 

– New York, Galerie Lelong, Pax et bonum sempre tecum

– Châtellerault, Galerie de l’Ancien College

 

1992 

– Hannover, Galerie Marika Marghescu, Uno, Due, Tre, Quattro, Cinque, Sei, Sette, Otto, Nove, Dieci, Undici, Dodici Fiori

– Paris, Galerie Lelong, Regno dei Fiori musicale: paesaggio di molti anni fa

– Lugano, Galleria del Sogno

– Boston, Thomas Segal Gallery 

– Bad Soden, Evangelische Kirchengemeinde 

– Madrid, Galeria Nieves Fernandez 

– Bonn, Deutscher Bundestag

– Santa Fe, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Poeta indiano

 

1991 

– Paris, Galerie Lelong, Musica del mare

– København, Galerie Asbaek 

– New York, Galerie Lelong, La Sibilla nella grotta di Cuma

– Brescia, Galleria Alberto Valerio

 

1990 

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli 

– Saarbrücken, Saarland Museum, Fiori ed usignoli miei

– Venezia, XLIV Biennale di Venezia 

– Nîmes, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Testa orfica

– Stuttgart, Galerie Kaess-Weiss 

– Köln, Galerie Karsten Greve, Testa orfica

 

1989 

– Boston, The Harcus Gallery 

– Basel, Galerie Thomas 

– New York, Galerie Lelong, Testa di fuoco, spirito bianco, musica interna

 

1988 

– Saint Louis, Ronald Greenberg Gallery

– Roma, Galleria Pio Monti, Punk Roma1988

– Boston, Thomas Segal Gallery

– Malmö, Thomas Wallner

– Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Modern Art

– Los Angeles, Daniel Weinberg Gallery 

– Paris, Galerie Lelong, Gloria

– New York, Galerie Lelong

 

1987 

– München, Art Forum Thomas

– Zürich, Galerie Annemarie Verna 

– Köln, Galerie Karin Bolz 

– Maastricht, Galerie Wanda Reiff

– Köln, Galerie Karsten Greve, La testa allegra di un Angelo bello

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli

– Paris, Galerie Lelong

 

1986 

– Frankfurt, Galerie Meyer-Ellinger

– Wien, Galerie Ulysses 

– Bonn, Kunstmuseum, Parole cinesi

– Mulheim an der Ruhr, Galerie Karin Bolz, 40 ladroni

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli, Pubblicità per il nostro mondo

– New York, Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Nuovi dipinti d’amore + Angeli

 

1985 

– Köln, Galerie Karsten Greve

– Modena, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea Emilio Mazzoli, Sorridi Faccia

– London, The Mayor Gallery

– Paris, Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Regno dei Fiori. Universo senza bombe. Baciami. Sì

– Eindhoven, Stedelijk van Abbe Museum, Giorni del secolo nuovo

– Zürich, Kunsthaus, Parole cinesi

– Rivoli, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Cinque o sei lance spezzate a favore del coraggio e della virtù

 

1984 

– Zürich, Galerie Annemarie Verna 

– Köln, Galerie Karsten Greve, Respiro del Mondo

 

1983 

– Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange

– Gent, Vereniging voor het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst 

– Basel, Galerie Annemarie Verna 

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli, Per te cerca l’essere

– Basel, Kunsthalle, Libertà segreta segreta

– Köln, Galerie Karsten Greve, Molti anni per finire un disegno stellato a Torino

 

1982 

– Roma, Galleria Mario Diacono, Quore 

– Spoleto, Galleria Marilena Bonomo, Torre a scoppio – 14 luglio – Galleria del tuono

– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano

– Milano, Galleria L’Ariete 

 

1981 

– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Dipinti che avvolgono l’Universo

– Zürich, Galerie Annemarie Verna, Avventura 

– Venezia, Galleria del Capricorno

– London, Lisson Gallery, Cleopatra

 

1980 

– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Un pezzo dell’anima di Nicola

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli, La mostra è stata fatta: nuovi demoni nel mondo

– Zürich, Galerie Annemarie Verna, La musica interna

 

1979 

– Bologna, Galleria Mario Diacono, Carro che porta Nicola De Maria lontano

 

1978 

– Köln, Paul Maenz, Il desiderio comanda di occupare tutte le case

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli 

– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Non avendo viaggiato per mare

 

1977 

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli, La leggenda

– Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, X Biennale de Paris, La leggenda

 

1976 

– Napoli, Galleria Lucio Amelio, Chorus Silentium

– Maastricht, Agora Studio 

– Napoli, Galleria Lucio Amelio, Le sette lune

 

1975 

– Napoli, Villa Volpicelli

– Genova, Galleria Forma, E.N. Enigma naturale

 

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