Nicola De Maria biography

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Nicola De Maria is an Italian painter and artist. He was born in 1954 in Foglianise in the province of Benevento. In the Seventies he moved to Turin where he graduated in medicine. After a meeting with Mario and Marisa Mertz he decides to dedicate himself completely to his true passion, art.
In 1979 he was invited by the critic Achille Bonito Oliva to join the Transavantgarde even though his works were always mainly inspired by abstractism.
Nicola De Maria he describes himself as 'he who writes a poem with his fingers dirty with paint'. In fact, each painting or environmental work is the transposition of the artist's poetic vein into lively and brilliant colours. With his works, the artist wants to overcome the limits of the canvas to enter into a relationship with the surrounding space. In fact, the artist almost never uses frames for his paintings and sometimes paints the edges and the back. Likewise, the sizes of the works vary from small to large and his painting often expands to entire rooms.
Nicola De Maria exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1980, 1988 and 1990, at Documenta 7 in Kassel in Germany in 1982, at the XVI Biennial of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 1981, at the IV Biennial of Sydney in Australia in 1982 and at the Quadrennial of Rome in 2005 and 2012.