Nicola De Maria

(1927 in Foglianese, Italy)

Nicola De Maria was born in Foglianise, Italy, on 6th December, 1954. In 1977, De Maria created his first wall painting in Milan and followed this with a wall painting for the Paris Biennale. In the 1980’s, De Maria exhibited his work in different exhibitions, such as at the Biennale of Venice, Documenta 7 in Kassel, XVI Biennale of San Paolo, Sydney Biennale and the Quadriennale di Roma. In 1981, he was included in both Identité Italienne, a group exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Critics and Art at the National Gallery of Rome. In the following years, there were retrospectives of his paintings and drawings in numerous venues such as, the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld (1983), the Kunsthalle, Basel (1983), the Van Abbemuseum Einhoven and Kunsthaus in Zürich (1985), the Kunstmuseum in Bonn (1986) and the Seibu Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1988). In 1990, De Maria designed the entrance room at the XLIV Biennale of Venice and exhibited his artworks at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nîmes. In 1992, De Maria was commissioned to design a fresco painting for the German Parliament at Bonn. Throughout the 1980s, De Maria’s work was featured by Achille Bonito Oliva in multiple Transavanguardia group exhibitions. Even though De Maria was originally shown in this context, he separated himself early on by developing a body of work that is largely non-figurative and often of a small scale. In the present days, Nicola De Maria works and lives in Turin, Italy.