Nicola Samori, ‘Lienzo’, 2014, 56th Venice Biennale

Image rights: Courtesy Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena. Fotografie di Rolando Paolo Guerzoni. Con il supporto di: Antonio Coppola; Farsettiarte; Francesco Faustini; Chiara Ianeselli; Emilio Mazzoli; Ian Rosenfeld

About Nicola Samori

Nicola Samori’s dark, Baroque-inspired oil paintings are skillful reproductions of classical portraits and still lifes on canvas, wood, or copper, purposefully destroyed to negate classical representation and question painting itself. His process entails “skinning” his painted figures with a palette knife or diluent, layering another image on top, and repeating the process until images fuse and signs of erasure and scratching dominate the reworked surface. Samori explains that exposing the inside of the paint by removing layers of “skin” with a scalpel reveals “a freshness and an intensity unknown in the outer tones.”

Italian, b. 1977, Forlì, Italy, based in Bagnacavallo, Italy

Solo Shows

2014
Ana Cristea Gallery, 
New York,
2012
Ana Cristea Gallery, 
New York,
NICOLA SAMORI - The Venerable Abject

Group Shows

2015
Biennale di Venezia, 
Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy,
56° Biennale d'Arte di Venezia - Padiglione Italia
2012
Ana Cristea Gallery, 
New York,
Point of Entry

Fair History on Artsy

2014
Ana Cristea Gallery at Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2014