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Nicola Masuottolo

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Originally from the bay of Naples, Nicola was gifted a set of oil paints for his tenth birthday. He then began to experiment with shapes and colours during his free time, while studying computer sciences. This passion led him, in 1996, to take the decision to stop working as a programmer and to dedicate all his time to graphic creation and paint...

Originally from the bay of Naples, Nicola was gifted a set of oil paints for his tenth birthday. He then began to experiment with shapes and colours during his free time, while studying computer sciences. This passion led him, in 1996, to take the decision to stop working as a programmer and to dedicate all his time to graphic creation and painting.

Young Nicola began learning to paint alongside a friend, who focused on art related to the sea. Nicola loved both the act of painting as well as the smells that emanate when the material unites with the thinners. He dedicated his efforts to perfecting his technique and developing his art style, and regularly submitted his works to the demanding eye of the public. In the late 80s, the artist fortuitously discovered the landscapes of American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967), which led him to try and immortalise the beauty of his birthplace. Thirty years later, his desire led him to try and reproduce the human figure. Through hard work - and buoyed by a huge amount of encouragement from social networks - he persevered in his efforts and gained more confidence, subsequently experimenting on various techniques such as using collages and stencils to emphasise the message that he wishes to convey.

Drawing his inspiration from his day-to-day life, his readings and the news, Nicola tries to offer the viewer an honest and complete painting - not one to necessarily show beauty, but one that can be interpreted as an attempt to understand the problems in our world.

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