Contemporary Art

Nicola Verlato

Italy 1965

Hyperrealism, Photorealism

Nicola Verlato
Nicola Verlato
February 7, 2014

Nicola Verlato is an Italian-American visual artist who creates his works through an articulated process – by using classical techniques as well as modern technology, 3D Modeling programs such as Maya and ZBrush.

Verlato was born in Verona and began painting at a very early age. His artistic education has been quite unorthodox – learning from Fra’ Terenzio, a painter in the monastery of Franciscan monks of Lonigo, he started to paint about the age of 7, and to sell his paintings about 9. He consider that monastery nearby his village in northeast Italy, the place where he learned how to drawing in the academic style. His first serious show was at the age of 15 in the town hall of Lonigo, a 3 person show in collaboration with other 2 artists of the area.

Nicola has been also trained in classical music from the age of 9 (classic guitar, Lute, piano and composition) at the conservatory in Verona. Later, he drove his attention toward rock music playing electric guitar, bass, sinths, composing song, jingles and soundtracks for documentaries. Nicola also studied architecture at University IUAV in Venice from 1984 to 1990 though he never completed his degree. He lived in Venice  for almost 13 years painting portraits and allegorical scenes for the local aristocracy and the affluent foreigners living in that city. During this period in Venice he worked on almost everything that was connected with drawing: stage design, temporary decorations, illustrations, comics, storyboard etc.

Around 28 he started to be interested in contemporary art, and, consequentially, to show in numerous gallery in Italy and abroad in solo and group shows. After spending 7 years in Milan ,In 2004, he relocated to New York. While living in New York, he was a professor teaching composition and painting courses at New York Academy of Art.

In these last years he showed principally in New York City and in various galleries and museum around the States, Italy and Norway, but also in India as well as Germany, Holland and other European countries. His major achievement has been his participation with an installation of paintings and sculptures as a representative of the Italian Pavillion at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Verlato’s signature style is classical drama, modern fairytales, ancient strives.  Specializing in fusing Americana, popular imagery, and traditional painting techniques, he is best known for his highly refined allegorical surrealism that recalls the murals of Thomas Hart Benton and the heightened drama of 17th-century Italian baroque paintings. Featuring spectacular light effects, twisting nude figures, and dense compositions, Verlato’s work depicts a dark future that recalls a mythological past. In 2009, he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale with a series of sculptures and paintings, the latter recalling apocalyptic altarpiece panels.

Since 2011 Nicola Verlato lives and works in Los Angeles.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Nicola VerlatoMerry Karnowsky Gallery, LASolo
201520 Years Under the Influence of JuxtapozLos Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Nicola VerlatoLissone Contemporary Art Museum, Lissone, ItalySolo
2014Nicola VerlatoMerry Karnowsky Gallery, LASolo
2014Masterworks Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2014Juxtapoz ItalianoItalian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Messin with the MastersMesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZGroup
2013Kustom Kulture Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, CAGroup
2013De Madonna a Madonna Domus Artium, Salamanca, SpainGroup
2013Nicola VerlatoGalleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milano, ItalySolo
2013Suggestivism Rome Casa dell’architettura, Rome, ItalyGroup
2013Parerga & Paralipomena della pittura Bonelli Arte Contemporanea, Milano, ItalyGroup
2012Jack Helgensen Family CollectionVestfossen Kunstlaboratorioum, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2012Percorsi riscoperti dell’arte italianaRovereto Trento, ItalyGroup
2012Nicola VerlatoJonathan Levine Gallery, NYSolo
2012Nicola VerlatoMOAH , Lancaster, CASolo
2012Nicola VerlatoMerry Karnowski Gallery, LASolo
2012Hi Fructose Group Show InvitationalRoq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2011The End of History... and the Return of History PaintingMuseum of Modern Art, Arnhem, NLGroup
2011SuggestivismGrand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CAGroup
2011UntitledBryant Park, NYGroup
2010Printworks 1997 – 2010Merry Karnowksy Gallery, LAGroup
2010UncoveredEden Rock Gallery, St. BarthsGroup
2010Tres Amigos with Eric White and Tom SanfordGalleri S.E., Bergen, NorwayGroup
2010Fantasilandia Antonio Colombo Gallery, Milan, ItalyGroup
2010Three Handed Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYGroup
2009Signs of Apocalypse/RaptureHyde Park Art center, ChicagoGroup
200953rd International Art Exhibition Venice BiennaleBiennale di Venezia, VeniceGroup
2009Beach Blanket BingoJonathan Levine Gallery, NYGroup
2009Apocalypse Wow! M.A.C.R.O., RomeGroup
2009The Fender ProjectMuseo della Musica, BolognaGroup
2008In the Land of Retinal DelightsLaguna Art Museum, LagunaGroup
2008The Chelsea Project Public Project, New York, NYGroup
2008Paradiso TerrestreBonelli LAB, Canneto sull’oglioGroup
200815 Quadriennale d’arte di RomaPalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomaGroup
2007Modeling ProcessGC. AC, MonfalconeSolo
2007Nicola VernatiGalleri S.E., Bergen, NorwaySolo
2007Nicola VernatiFabio Paris, BresciaSolo
2007Summer Group ShowBilly Shire Fine Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007IM 02 - L’immagine sottileGC. AC, MonfalconeGroup
2007Il VelOCeSAC, CaraglioGroup
2007Arcani MaggioriAntonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano Galleria In Arco, TorinoGroup
2007On the Edge of VisionVictoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta, IndiaGroup
2007More is MoreFSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FLGroup
2007Arte Italiana, 1968-2007Palazzo Reale, MilanoGroup
2007LVIII Edizione del Premio Michetti-Nuovi RealismiMuseo Michetti, Francavilla, AlmareGroup
2007Nuovi Pittori della RealtaPac, MilanoGroup
2006Nicola VernatiStux Gallery, New YorkSolo
2006Painting Codes. I Codici della PitturaGC. AC, MonfalconeGroup
2005Nicola VernatiLuxe Gallery, New YorkSolo
2005Waiting for the BarbariansRare-Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005The Neo-Baroque Era Byblos Art Gallery, VeronaGroup
2005The SeismologistSara Nightingale Gallery, Southampton, New YorkGroup
2005Altri FantasmiErmanno Tedeschi Gallery, GAS Art Gallery, Galleria in Arco, TorinoGroup
2005The other Europe. On Art and Political Incorrectness Galleri S.E, Bergen, NorwayGroup
2005Not About SexLuxe Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005Miracolo a Milano della Ragione, MilanoGroup
20052nd Prague BiennalPragueGroup
2005Clip’itFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TorinoGroup
2004100% Acid FreeWhite Columns, New YorkGroup
2004Questi FantasmiGalleria 1000eventi, MilanoGroup
2004Drawing is the Beginning of Everything Davide diMaggio Galerie - Mudimadue, BerlinGroup
2004USA TodayGalerie S.E., Bergen, NorwayGroup
2004Italian LandscapeHof & Huyser Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2004Simply DrawnLuxe Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Stop & StoreLuxe Gallery, New YorkGroup
2003Nicola VernatiMudimadue, BerlinSolo
2003Tendenze Attuali dell’arte Italiana V.A.F Foundation, Palazzo delle Albere, TrentoGroup
2003Painting the Ultimate Collection vol.1Alberto Peola , TorinoGroup
2003The Agenore Fabbri PrizeMathildenhoe Kunstverein DarmstadtGroup
2003LIV Premio MichettiFondazione Michetti, Francavilla al MareGroup
20031st Prague BiennalNational Gallery Veletrzni Palac Dukelskych Hrdinu 47, PragueGroup
2003Bianco e nero ItalianoDavide diMaggio Galerie - Mudimadue, BerlinGroup
2002Nicola VerlatiDavide Di Maggio, MilanoSolo
2002TensioGalleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, MonfalconeGroup
2001Totem il CanaleVeneziaSolo
2001Tirana BiennalNational Gallery & Chinese Pavillion, Tirana, AlbaniaGroup
2000Sui GenerisPAC, MilanoGroup
2000GeneretorTrevi Flash Art Museum, TreviGroup
1999Artists under FortyPalazzo Sarcinelli, ConeglianoGroup
1998Totem il Canale VeneziaSolo
1998New Italian PortraitSpazio Consolo, MilanoGroup
1997Dopo TiepoloFondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, VeneziaGroup
1996Studio TommaseoTriesteSolo
1996Ultime GenerazioniXII Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, RomaGroup
1996CarnetFondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, VeneziaGroup
1995Palazzo Carminati ’95Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, VeneziaGroup
1980Nicola Verlato, Mauro Borrelli, Ezio GrandielloPalazzo dei Convegli, LonigoGroup