Nicola De Maria

Based in Turin, Nicola de Maria is one of the founding members of the Italian Trans-avant-garde, theorized by Achille Bonito Oliva in 1978, but unlike other representatives of the group, such as Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino, his work has focused mainly on abstractionism and a pictorial approach in which the limits of the canvas were overcome in order to enter into a relationship with the surrounding space. Known for his playful abstractions painted in consistently vivid and intense primary colors, they tend to be used as a means of striking the viewer’s emotional chord in both small-format works and those covering entire walls. His works have been exhibited at three Venice Biennales (1980-1988-1990), Documenta 7 in Kassel, the 16th São Paulo Biennale, the 4th Sydney Biennale and the Rome Quadriennale (2005-2012).


Born in 1954 in Foglianise (Italy). He lives and works in Turin


Selected solo Shows

  • 2016    La libertà, Giorgio Persano Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • 2013    I Fogli Che Il Vento Mi Sparge Sono Disegni Di Vento E Di Animali, Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
  • 2011    Nicola De Maria, Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy
  • 2010    Nicola De Maria, Cardi Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2008    Nicola De Maria, Giorgio Persano Gallery, Turin, Italy
  • 2006    New Works, Cardi Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2005    O Vita, Nell’Arte Mantieni Intatto Il Tuo Mistero, Lelong Gallery, Paris, FR
  • 2004    Nicola De Maria, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Rome, Italy
  • 2003    Infinito regno dei fiori: Universo senza bombe, Kunsthalle Ziegelhütte, Appenzell, Switzerland
  •             Nicola De Maria, Rizziero Arte, Pescara, Italy
  •             Petali di ciliegio cosmico, Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000    Nicola De Maria, Lelong Gallery, Paris, FR
  • 1999    Primavera, Lelong Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1998    Gemälde 1996, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz, Austria
  • 1993    Nicola De Maria, Lelong Gallery, New York, US
  • 1990    Fiori ed usignoli miei, Saarland Museum, Sarrebruck, Germany
  • 1986    Nicola de Maria, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  •             Cinque o sei lance spezzate a favore del coraggio e della virtù, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
  • 1985    Nicola De Maria, Stedeljik van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands


  • 1990    XLIV. Esposizione Biennale Internazionale d’Arte della Città di Venezia, The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • 1986    6th Biennale of Sydney: Origins, Originality + Beyond, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • 1982    Documenta 7, Documenta, Cassel, Germany
  • 1977    X Biennale de Paris, Paris Biennale, Paris, FR


  • Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany
  • Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto (MART), Rovereto, Italy
  • Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands