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 Vasiliev (Vas) Nini  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: Nebraska / Albania      Known for: sculpture-abstraction, figurative

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A sculptor in styles ranging from Realism, to Expresssionism to Abstraction,Vasiliev “Vas” Nini was born in Albania but moved his family and his studio to America.    Nini sculpts in varied medium including, but not limited to marble, granite, stone, wood, bronze, metal, and chrome.  He searches for mediums that support his creative vision. The sculptures are a variety of scale, sizes, textures, colors and mediums.

He attended Jordan Misja High School, Branch of Sculpture, in Tirana, Albania from 1969 to 1973.  The Jordan Misja High School is a highly regarded Fine Arts school in Albania.  From 1975 to 1979 he attended college and graduated with distinction from the Higher Institute of Arts, Branch of Monumental Sculpture, Tirana, Albania.  After college graduation he opened a studio. 
 
Nini’s sculpting expanded through projects for the Ministry of Education and the League of Writers and Artists of Albania from 1979 to 1984.  Some projects in chronological order are: 1982 Triptych of Monumental Sculpture, Museum Erseka, Albania; 1984 Monument of Helmes, Skrapar, co-author Albania; 1985 Monument Kordelja (Ribon) dedicated to the Women’s Institute, co-author, Tirana, Albania; 1986 “A Woman Singer” a park sculpture, Tirana, Albania; 1988 “A Woman Swimmer” a park sculpture, National Park Sports Center, Tirana, Albania; 1992 Memorial Dedicated to the martyrs of Palokaster Village, Gjirokastra, Albania; 1997 a regular participate at the National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania; 1999 Monument of Jakov Xoxe, Fier, Albania.  A large number of Nini's sculptures are exhibited and owned by the National Gallery in Tirana, Albania.  His sculpture is displayed in art galleries of Fier, Erseke, Bajam Curri, Gjirokaster, Peshkopi, Elbasan and Berat, all of Albania.  The scale of the work is no concern to Nini.  He enjoys creating on any scale, and he places his smaller sculptures on pedestals.
 
Nini developed into a specialist at the Center for the Implementation of Art Works in Tirana, Albania from 1984 to 1992.  Here he taught fine art students for eight years.  Then he joined the Albanian Radio-TV, Tirana, Albania in 1992.  For three years he worked for them developing communication skills by lecturing.  Then from 1997 to 2002, he lectured at the Academy of Fine Arts-Branch of Figurative Arts in Tirana, Albania.
 
The artists international exhibitions are: 1979 Erseka, Albania; 1980 Gjirokaster, Albania; 1986 Peshkopi, Albania; 1994 Gjirokaster, Albania; 1995 Collective exhibition, Bari, Lece, Italy; 1995 Private Collective exhibition in the International Center of Culture, Tirana Albania; 1998 Autumn in Tirana, Hall, Euro Park, Rogner Hotel, Tirana, Albania; 1999 Den Hague, Holland; 2001 Autumn in Tirana Hall, Euro Park, Rogner Hotel, Tirana, Albania.

Then his American career started: 2003 Louisville Art Gallery, Nebraska, USA; 2004 Hot Shop Art Center-Barker Studio Project Omaha, Nebraska, USA, 2004 Bellevue University, Nebraska USA, 2004 Louisville Art Gallery, Nebraska USA, 2004 Hot Shop Art Center Open House, May and December, Omaha, NE, USA, 2004 Hot Shop Festival of Art, Omaha, NE USA, 2004 Open House Artists Impressions, Ralston, NE USA; 2005 Collective Exhibition Hot Shop Art Center, Tsunami Relief, Omaha, NE USA, and 2005 Personal Exhibition, Albanian Embassy, Washington, DC. 

Nini’s commissioned works are internationally owned and exhibited: In Europe, he became widely known and among his collectors are Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.  His work is in the following places:

1990 Park sculpture, Catanzaro, Italy; 1991 Park sculpture, Awuafirmoza, Italy, Statute of Mother Teresa, Tuz, Montenegro, co-author; 1999 sculpture, in the private collection of the Queen Beatrix of Holland; 1999 statue in Albanian Embassy in Den Hague, Holland; 2001 Washington DC USA Albanian Embassy statue; 2001 Memorial of 4 Martyrs Sculpture, Rotkoc, Kosova; 2001 Memorial Ismet Jashari, Prizren, Kosovo; 2002 statue of Mother Teresa, Prishtin, Kosovo; 2002 private school Flatrat e Dijes, Sculpture, Fier, Albania. His American owned commissions are 1997 statue for the USA Albanian Embassy, Washington DC; 1998 statue of Mother Teresa, Bronx, New York, USA; 2002 statue of Mother Teresa, Detroit, Michigan, USA and 2005 statue for Albanian Embassy, Washington DC, USA.
 
Nini was acknowledged with awards for artistic achievement in 1981, 1983 and 1985 for sculpture at Gallery of Art in Tirana, Albania.  In 1986 he won first place in National Competition for Park sculpture in Tirana, Albania.  He won third place in 1996 in sculpture awarded by the Onufir National Exhibition National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania.
 
Nini won First Place in the National Competition for the Monument of Overthrowing of the Dictatorship in Tirana, Albania in 1996. When the sculpture was unveiled the artist realized his connection with people. The sculpture is chrome lightning bolts striking a base of bronze representing Albania, a country in change.  The statue is displayed in a garden representing growth and beauty.
 
In 2002 his life and career took a dramatic change.  Nini moved to Omaha, Nebraska, USA in search of the American dream for his family and his art.  Upon arrival he painted in watercolor the autumn colors of Nebraska’s trees.  This picture of arrival is displayed with pride in his Nebraska home.  His new American studio is in the Old Market of Omaha, Nebraska.  In addition to doing sculpture, he also does life mixed-media drawing, combining espresso, pencil, ink and sugar.
 
Nini’s work in America seems freer and more expressive because of his passion for his new country.  He feels that the American commissions provide him with opportunity to explorer new ideas, continue his work, and raise his family.

EXHIBITIONS: AMERICA
2007 Private Show at Artist Studio, March, Omaha, NE USA
2007 Material, Material Hot Shop Art Center, 9 Solo Artists, February 9-25, Omaha, NE, USA
2006 Private Show at Artist Studio, December, Omaha, NE, USA
2006 Hot Shop Art Center Open House, May and December, Omaha, NE, USA
2006 Nebraska Art & Artists Exposition and Sale, December, Omaha, NE, USA
2005 Collective Exhibition Hot Shop Art Center, Tsunami Relief, Omaha, NE USA
2005 Personal Exhibition, Albanian Embassy, Washington, DC.
2004 Hot Shop Art Center-Barker Studio Project Omaha, Nebraska, USA
2004 Bellevue University, Nebraska USA
2004 Louisville Art Gallery, Nebraska USA
2004 Hot Shop Art Center Open House, May and December, Omaha, NE, USA
2004 Hot Shop Festival of Art, Omaha, NE USA
2004 Open House Artists Impressions, Ralston, NE USA
2003 Louisville Art Gallery, Nebraska, USA

EXHIBITIONS: INTERNATIONAL
2001 Autumn in Tirana Hall, Euro Park, Rogner Hotel, Tirana, Albania.
1999 Den Hague, Holland
1998 Autumn in Tirana, Hall, Euro Park, Rogner Hotel, Tirana, Albania
1995 Collective exhibition, Bari, Lece, Italy
1995 Private Collective exhibition in the International Center of Culture, Tirana Albania
1994 Gjirokaster, Albania
1986 Peshkopi, Albania
1980 Gjirokaster, Albania
1979 Erseka, Albania
Awards Acknowledgement of Artist Achievement

2006 Nebraska Art & Artist Exposition and Sale, First Place, Marble Sculpture
1996 Third Place Sculpture, Onufir National Exhibition National Art Gallery, Tirana, Albania.
1996 First Place National Competition, Monument of Overthrowing of the Dictatorship, Tirana, Albania
1986 First Place National Competition, Park Sculpture in Tirana, Albania
1985 National Gallery of Art, Sculpture, Tirana, Albania
1983 National Gallery of Art, Sculpture, Tirana, Albania
1981 National Gallery of Art, Sculpture, Tirana, Albania
 

Biography based on personal interview October 2, 2005 by Janet G. Smith.
Exhibitions and commission information based upon the artist’s resume.
Introductions and additional exhibit information provided by Linda Nini, Lori Stevens, Isabella Threlkeld and other private American collectors.
 
Written and submitted by Janet G. Smith, art consultant, art historian, art authenticator and independent curator, www.jgsart.com
Copyright October 2005 Janet Gwendolyn Smith
 

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