Artist bio

Nicola Farina was born in Monte San Vito in the province of Ancona on 01/07/1964. He attended the Edgardo Mannucci Art Institute in Ancona and later the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata. He has always carried out an artistic activity and is a teacher of the Figurative Arts department at the Edgardo Mannucci Art School in Ancona. He has exhibited in various solo and group exhibitions. Together with the most recent ones, we remember the Marche Prize and the Salvi Sassoferrato Prize. He has also dedicated himself to competitions and commissions. 2022 • Two works have been selected for Itsliquid International Art Fair Anima Mundi Contemporary Venice at Palazzo Bembo and Palazzo - Albrizzi-Capello Venice • One of his works has been selected for Itsliquid International Art Fair The Body Language Contemporary Venice at Palazzo Bembo - Venice 2021 • One of his works was awarded the 1st prize at the YICCA International Art Contest 2021 • Five of his works have been selected for the virtual exhibition “Simulacra” by The Holy Art Gallery, London • One of his works has been selected for the 8th and 9th edition of Itsliquid International Art Fair - Contemporary Venice at Archivio della Misericordia Venice • One of his works received an Honourable mention from the Galerie Biesenbach in Art Matters 4 • His works have been selected by the Thomson Gallery International Art Prize 2021 2020 • Three of his works have been selected among the 20 finalists of the Art Rights Prize, the first International Digital Award for Artists - 3.0, in the Painting category by the jury made up of Luca Beatrice (Curator and Art Critic), Maria Chiara Valacchi (Art Critic, Inde- p pendent Curator and Art Writer), Marta Giani (Sotheby's Director and Specialist Modern and Contemporary Art) • One of his works was selected among the 12 finalists of the international Lab Malamegi 17 prize • Personal exhibition at the City of Recanati, which can be visited online at Among the most significant works: • One of his works was acquired in the collection of the State Museum Tactile Omero of Ancona. It is entitled "Lanetarius" and, following the prize awarded by Maestro Michelangelo Pistoletto as part of the national exhibition Arte Insieme, it was designated and exhibited in 2014 at the cultural events room of the Italian Embassy in Lisbon, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture of Lisbon, to celebrate the Italian semester of presidency of the EU Council.The relational work involved the collaboration of many Italian Cultural Institutes in the world. • One of his own works of a religious nature commissioned by the Diocese of Ancona in 2018, was authorized by the Pontifical Council for Culture chaired by Cardinal Mons.Gianfranco Ravasi and acquired in the liturgical artistic heritage of the Vatican State. This work is an apsidal cross located in the Church of SS. Crucifix of Ancona. They wrote about it: Father Andrea Dall’Asta, Director of the San Fedele Gallery in Milan • His own work entitled "Creatio Ultra Tempus et Spatium" was exhibited in 2018 at the National Archaeological Museum of the Marche in Ancona and at the Romanian Academy in Rome, on the occasion of the Trajan celebrations, and awarded the medal of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. They wrote about it: Dr. Nicoletta Frapiccini, Director of the Archaeological Museums of the Polo Museum of the Marche - Dr. Aldo Grassini, Director of the Omero Tactile State Museum of Ancona - Dr. Stefano Papetti, Professor of Museology and Restoration at the University of Camerino, Scientific Curator of the Municipal Collections of Ascoli Piceno


Book of Hours - Spiritual Exercises



Artist Statement

The work belongs to a pictorial cycle whose name derives from the particular materials used and composed: papers made by hand according to ancient procedures and "painted" with pollen, raw clay and graphite. The collage that composes the visual structure through superimposed geometric patterns is the result of a thoughtful search for relationships between the parts, individual universes defined by the fertile matter of pure bee pollen and by the anthropological and poor matter of inert earth. Graphite as the primary element of the graphic sign that originates the expressive act, determines, by contaminating the earth in different quantitative proportions, the dialectic and the light-shadow metric, the cadence of mortal time. Pollen, through its own disseminative and fecundative nature, expresses the human yearning for the metaphysical dimension. The work is always the result of a concentration of thought that seeks inner accords as in the silent whisper of a prayer.

How it fits into contest

The work refers to the text "Ephesians 6: 10-20" because in the formal tension between inert matter and fecund matter, between living matter and dead matter, it recalls the inner struggle of man against the shadows of his own conscience, towards the aspiration to a purified stage in which one's soul is redeemed. The executive concentration, intense as in the concentration of a silent and profound prayer, aspires to dominate the ephemeral materials of pollen and earth, giving them pictorial dignity and compositional balance; also corresponds to a real physical struggle that tries to free itself from the weight of gravity to achieve a spiritual dimension.


Masters of painting such as Caravaggio and Rothko

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