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Nicola De Maria

Galleria Toselli

The paintings Nicola de Maria showed here can be divided into three distinct groups: those in which expansive fields of color and geometry are dominant; those in which the incision, the scratch or the scripted mark is emphasized; and those that partake of more traditional painterly depiction.

Dominated by primary colors and simple configurations of circles, rectangles, triangles and starlike forms, De Maria’s seemingly childlike works suggest a quasi-theological notion of origin. The materials and the forms he calls into representation seem to proceed from an intentionally ahistorical conception of form, as if his pure and virginal depictions had not yet belonged to any other reality nor served any previous purpose. De Maria creates something out of nothing; through a process of transcendental metamorphosis, he identifies his production with the mythical creators of the material universe.

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