About This Project


Born in 1954 in Foglianise, Italy. Lives and works in Turin.

In the 1970s, De Maria moved to Turin where, after obtaining a degree in Medicine, he devoted himself entirely to his passion – art – and he met two people who changed his life: Mario and Marisa Merz, who introduced him to the art scene of Turin. The early works are slides depicting rooms and closed doors, as symbols of psychological states. Using the fresco technique practiced by the old masters, in 1977 he made his first mural in Milan, followed by the one for Paris Biennale of the same year. Despite the strong abstract matrix of his work, he is invited to be part of the Trans movement systematised by the critic Achille Bonito Oliva, which includes among its members Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino. From the 1980s and the 1990s, his paintings were enhanced by bright colours with a greater thickness. The colour, bright and lively, is the main protagonist of his painting: from drawings to murals, Nicola De Maria gives birth to a colourful and fantastic world, populated by geometry and simple signs.