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 Nicola Simbari  (1927 - 2012)

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Lived/Active: Italy      Known for: landscape and figure painting, architecture

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1927 (San Lucido, Italy)
 
Death
2012

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Italy

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Biography from American Design Ltd.:
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Nicola Simbari is a painter of semi-abstract impressionist works.  He is a colorist who favors brilliant tones, richly layered with a palette knife.  Simbari paints to convey light and energy and provide new definition through intensity of vision and  technique.

Born in Calabria, Italy, Simbari was greatly impacted by the natural setting of his Mediterranean world: the wide sea, intense sky, and vivid flowers.  As a young child, he moved with his family to Rome where his father worked as an architect to the Vatican.  The City's Renaissance masterpieces and the artistic treasures of the Sistine Chapel so moved Simbari that, before his 13th birthday, he decided to study art and enrolled at the Accademia delle Belle Arti.  At 22, he opened his first studio in Rome.  Influenced by the sights and sounds of his childhood, Simbari's early works featured gypsies, cafe settings, fishing villages, and rustic scenes of the Italian countryside.

The youthful artist knew success early, and within months of a one-man show in London, he was awarded the commission to paint murals for the Italian Pavilion at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels.  His show "Le Cirque," for many, reproduced the same excitement on canvas as can be felt at an electrifying circus performance.   "When I paint, I'm like a writer," Simbari states, "I must have something to say. My paintings are like entries in a diary because they are all reactions to things I have seen or felt."

Although Mediterranean landscapes and portrayals of contemporary European life are Simbari's mainstay, he has recently turned his attention to painting the Southwest. "There's terrific drama in the desert. It's mysterious and magical, and the most dramatic natural sculpture I've ever seen."  Whether he is capturing the awe-inspiring beauty of a rugged canyon, or the grace of a soaring falcon, Simbari works with the goal of conveying color and emotion.

Collections include the Bank of Tokyo, Paris; Christian Dior Collection, Paris; Italian State Railways, Rome; Liberty Company, London; Bank of Commerce, Tulsa; Cincinnati Fine Arts Department, Cincinnati; Exxon Corporation, New York; General Mills Corporation, Minneapolis; Pepsico, New York.


Biography from Cotai Fine Art:
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Nicolo Simbari. was born July 13, 1927, in San Lucido, a small village in Calabria, Italy, deep in the south of Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea.  He was raised in Rome where his father, an architect, worked for the Vatican. 

Young Simbari was influenced by all of the great art treasures of Rome.  He studied painting and architecture at the Academy delle Belle Arte, Rome, and became a member of their faculty of architecture.  Comparatively, Simbari achieved early recognition as an artist, receiving his first one-man show in London in 1957 at the age of thirty. This was followed by exhibitions in the United States, from 1959 until the present, in New York, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and Philadelphia.

He also participated in group exhibitions, such as the Quadriennale, Rome, 1955; Three Directions, San Francisco-Italy, 1959; and Thirty Young Artists, Spoleto, Italy, 1959. He has received several awards for excellence, including the gold medal for the best poster of 1954, the Italian State National Concorso, Rome; best stage set, Passerella d’Oro, Rome, 1953; and a coveted commission to paint the murals in the Italian Pavilion, Brussels World Fair, 1958.

Simbari’s paintings, with their lyrical subject matter and colorful brushwork, have attained an international reputation.  Simon and Schuster published a monograph of his work in 1975; and in 1962, he did the illustrations for Gennarino, published by Lippincott. Nicola Simbari

Biography from Newman Galleries:
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Nicola Simbari was born July 13, 1927, in Calabria, Italy.  He studied painting and architecture at the Academy delle Belle Arte, Rome, and became a member of their faculty of architecture.

Comparatively, Simbari achieved early recognition as an artist, receiving his first one-man show in London in 1957 at the age of thirty.  This was followed by exhibitions in the United States, from 1959 until the present in New York, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, and Philadelphia.  He also participated in group exhibitions, such as the Quadriennale, Rome, 1955; Three Directions, San Francisco-Italy, 1959; and Thirty Young Artists, Spoleto, Italy, 1959.

He has received several awards for excellence, including the gold medal for the best poster of 1954; the Italian State National Concorso, Rome; best stage set, Passerella d’Oro, Rome, 1953; and a coveted commission to paint the murals in the Italian Pavilion, Brussels World Fair, 1958.

Simbari’s paintings are known for their lyrical subject matter and colorful brushwork.  Simon and Schuster published a monograph of his work in 1975; and in 1962, he did the illustrations for Gennarino, published by Lippincott.

Newman Galleries held a one-man exhibition of his paintings in March of 1961.

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