Nicola De Maria

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.


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.



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



– Pietrasanta, Galleria Cardi, Festa cosmica

– Milano, Centro San Fedele 

– Firenze, Teatro Obihall, Musica colorata dai sogni



– Tokyo, Col Gallery



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



– Osaka, Col Gallery



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

– Oksala, Col Gallery



– Milano, Galleria Cardi

– Tokyo, Col Gallery



– Pietrasanta, Galleria Cardi

– Torino, Libreria dei quattro venti



– Roma, Galleria Pio Monti – withEmilio Prini 


– Torino, Galleria Giorgio Persano 

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



– Tokyo, Col Gallery, Fiori del tempo



– Tokyo, Col Gallery, Esplorazione cosmica del profondo

– Milano, Galleria Cardi 



– 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



– 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



– 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



– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Tokyo, Col Gallery

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



– Helsinki, Galerie Forsblom, Elegia per la libertà

– New York, Sperone Westwater Gallery, Testa Angelica



– Paris, Galerie Lelong, La purezza: musica proibita

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Tokyo, Col Gallery



– Koper, Galerija Loža, Poesia dipinta

– Zürich, Galerie Lelong, Primavera

– Venezia, Galleria A + A

– Osaka, Col Gallery



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

– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Milano, Galleria Cardi 



– Hannover, Galerie Borkowski 

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

– Osaka, Col Gallery



– 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



– Osaka, Col Gallery

– Milano, Galleria Cardi



– 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



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

– Châtellerault, Galerie de l’Ancien College



– 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



– Paris, Galerie Lelong, Musica del mare

– København, Galerie Asbaek 

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

– Brescia, Galleria Alberto Valerio



– 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



– Boston, The Harcus Gallery 

– Basel, Galerie Thomas 

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



– 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



– 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



– 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



– 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



– Zürich, Galerie Annemarie Verna 

– Köln, Galerie Karsten Greve, Respiro del Mondo



– 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



– 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 



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

– Zürich, Galerie Annemarie Verna, Avventura 

– Venezia, Galleria del Capricorno

– London, Lisson Gallery, Cleopatra



– 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



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



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

– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli 

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



– Milano, Galleria Franco Toselli, La leggenda

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



– Napoli, Galleria Lucio Amelio, Chorus Silentium

– Maastricht, Agora Studio 

– Napoli, Galleria Lucio Amelio, Le sette lune



– Napoli, Villa Volpicelli

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


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