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Nicola Verlato was born in Verona and began painting at a very early age, learning from Fra' Terenzio a painter in the monastery of Franciscan monks of Lonigo. He was trained in Classical music and studied lute and composition at the conservatories of Verona and Padua.
He studied architecture on and off at University IUAV in Venice from 1984 to 1990 though he never completed his degree. In 2004 he relocated from Milan to New York, New York. While living in New York, he was a professor teaching composition and painting courses at New York Academy of Art. He has shown his paintings, drawings, and sculptures in the United States and internationally, including the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York City, and Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles and an installation exhibited at the 2009 Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion.
Nicola Verlato creates his works through an articulated process that makes use of classical techniques as well as modern technology such as 3D Modeling programs such as Maya and ZBrush.