Nicholas Di Genova

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Nicholas Di Genova

Drawing on the influence of anime, comic books, Otaku culture, animal compendiums and the natural world, the work of Nicholas Di Genova features an encyclopedic range of constructed creatures ranging from soft and nurturing to calculating and military. A vast and intense fabricated history acts as a backdrop to the hundreds of interconnected species, families and rival clans that find themselves projecting their habits, relations and environments to their viewers. Working with ink and animation paints, Di Genova’s paintings on mylar highlight his skill with line and his ability to manipulate colour. Always intense and intricately executed, Di Genova’s work rivals the quality of any fine art painter while firmly establishing itself on the fringes of contemporary art. The work brings together knowledge of art and design and samples from both fields, resulting in incredible visual and technical impact and an astonishing strong conceptual core which receives respect from both camps, a dichotomy often severely split.

These finely detailed and imaginative ink and gouache works on paper explore the Green Man motif, a humanoid face adorned with leaves and flowers that was a popular architectural feature in the 30’s and 40’s.

In a time of rising temperatures and ever worsening tropical storms, the Green Man reminds Nicholas of our reliance on and union with nature, a symbol of how closely the fate of our planet and our own fates are linked.

Nicholas started this body of work in 2017 during a difficult period of his life. These pieces are his way of addressing loss and frailty, but also hope and rebirth, at both a personal and universal level.

Nicholas Di Genova has garnered all levels of press in Canada, featuring reviews in Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, numerous online forums, NOW Magazine and EYE Magazine. Nicholas Di Genova has been featured in New York’s Armory Show and in Future Species, curated by David Liss at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Di Genova has been included in exhibitions in New York, Singapore, London and Berlin and appears in publications from Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United States.

born 1981

2000 – 2005   Ontario College of Art and Design, AOCADU

Solo Shows:
2020 “Gigante”, Samara Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2019 “Unnatural Selections”, Carbon Art and Design, Picton, ON
2017 “Green Man”, Wil Kucey Gallery. Toronto, ON
2014 “Ultima”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 “Preemptive Evolution”, Dukan et Hourdequin Gallery, Paris, France
2010 “Chimera”, Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, New York, NY
2008 “Die Young”, ID Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2007 “Birds are Terrifying Creatures”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 “Death From Below”, Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, New York, NY
2005 “Due West of the Happy-Lake Hills”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 “At the Water’s Edge”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 “The Art of Nicholas Di Genova”, Gorilla Monsoon, Toronto, ON

Two-Person Exhibitions
2021 “Fecundity”, w Sera Renwil, Carbon Art and Design, Picton, ON
2005 “Contemporary Drawing”, w Troy Briggs, Gallery 500, Portland, OR
2005 “Nicholas Di Genova & Sean McCarthy” Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 “The Codex Project Year 2”, Works On Paper Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2021 “Solace”, the plumb, Toronto, ON
2020 “Future Proof”, Open Studio, Toronto, ON
2019 “Carbonized”, Carbon Art and Design, Picton, ON
2019 “Comfort In”, Samara Contemporary, Toronto, ON
2019 “The Pod”, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
2018 “Originale_18”, Zoo Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
2016 “Composition Poétique Quotidienne”, Galerie Youn, Montreal, QC
2015 “POCKET”, Galerie Dukan, Leipzig, Germany
2015 “Works with Paper”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 “New Contemporary”, TAC Art/Work Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 “Kunstsärk”, Tallinn Art Space, Tallinn, Estonia
2015 “Drawings”, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France
2014 “Beware of the Beast”, Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, ON
2014 “YES, WE COLLECTION!”, Galerie du 5éme, Marseille, France
2013 “Accumulations”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2012 “Salon Schwarzenberg”, Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2011 “Hanged + Drawn”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 “OK, NOW THE FLOOR IS LAVA!”, Rochelle School, London, UK
2011 “LE Sept”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 “Printing Talentos de Hoy en Dia”, Otrascosas de Villarosàs, Barcelona, Spain
2010 “The Maker”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 “The Dazzle”, Narwhal Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 “Lush Life”, Invisible-Exports Gallery, New York, NY
2010 “Another Disposable Art Show”, 64 McCaul, Toronto, ON
2010 “NeoIntegrity”, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY
2009 “Who’s Got the Papers”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2009 “B-X10”, Apetit Gallery, Bilbao, Spain
2009 “Brain Trust”, Magic Pony Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 “Le Cinq”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 “They Fought a Running Engagement”, Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, New York, NY
2008 “Toronto Underground”, Art x Life Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2007 “Two Years”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2007 “Strange Brew”, BLVD Gallery, Seattle, WA
2007 “Pick of the Harvest: Batch Four”, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 “Pick of the Harvest: Batch Three”, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 “Sticky Situation”, Gallery of Contemporary Arts of the National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania
2006 “The Inside Game”, Portland Art Center, Portland, OR
2006 “Non-Celestial Bodies”, Begona Malone Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2005 “Future Species”, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ON
2005 “1st Annual Jewish Xmas Spectacular”, Harvey Levine Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 “44 Boards”, Mahan Gallery, Columbus, OH
2004 “Futurerama”, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 “Characters at War”, Zentralbuero, Berlin, Germany
2004 “LE One”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 “Medallion Travel”, Rad’a Gallery, Montreal, QU
2004 “The Hollywood Show”, Wooster Collective, New York, NY
2004 “Design a Qee Finalist Exhibition”, Playlounge Headquarters, London, UK
2004 “Electric Eye”, Sis Boom Bah Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 “Graphic”, Fredricks and Freiser Gallery, New York, NY
2004 “STRUKT”, ARGE Kultur, Salzburg, Austria
2004 “Go West”, Greener Pastures, Toronto, ON
2004 “Fond of My Countach”, LE Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 “We Will Destroy – Round 2”, Antenna Communications, Toronto, ON
2004 “We Will Destroy – Round 1”, Zero to One Gallery, Kitchener, ON
2003 “Pictoplasma II Revisited”, ZAKKA Corp., New York, NY
2003 “Past, Present, Future”, The Reactor Gallery, Toronto, ON
2003 “Eazy Money”, The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON
2003 “Pictoplasma II”, Future Is Now Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Art Fairs
2016 “Art on Paper”, New York, NY
2016 “Room Art Fair”, Madrid, Spain
2015 “Art Toronto”, Toronto, ON
2014 “Art Toronto”, Toronto, ON
2014 “Papier14”, Montreal, QC
2013 “Art Toronto”, Toronto, ON
2012 “Art Toronto”, Toronto, ON
2012 “Art Paris”, Paris, France
2011 “Salon du Dessin Contemporain”, Paris, France
2011 “The Armory Show”, New York, NY
2011 “SCOPE NYC”, New York, NY
2010 “SCOPE Basel”, Basel, Switzerland
2010 “Salon du Dessin Contemporain”, Paris, France
2009 “SLICK 09”, Paris, France
2009 “SCOPE Basel”, Basel, Switzerland
2009 “Art Paris”, Paris, France
2008 “SLICK 08”, Paris, France
2008 “Balelatina”, Basel, Switzerland
2008 “Arte Fiera”, Bologna, Italy
2007 “Toronto International Art Fair”, Toronto, ON
2007 “Volta 03”, Basel, Switzerland
2006 “The Armory Show”, New York, NY
2006 “Volta 02”, Basel, Switzerland
2006 “SCOPE Miami”, Miami, FL
2006 “ArtLA”, Los Angeles, CA
2006 “Toronto International Art Fair”, Toronto, ON
2005 “The Armory Show”, New York, NY
2005 “Night at the Jupiter”, Portland, OR
2005 “TAAFI”, Toronto, ON

Selected Bibliography
“Using an Eerie Plant Man to Talk About Climate Change”, Daily Vice, January 4th 2018
“We Eat Nicholas Di Genova”, We Eat Art Podcast, January 2017
“Oh The Horror!”, CBC Arts, Oct 27th 2015, Leah Collins
“Nicholas Di Genova”, HEY! Magazine, 16 page feature, Vol 22, Autumn 2015
“Nicholas Di Genova’s Preemptive Evolution”, Beautiful Decay, November 8th 2011, Russ Crest
“Lower East Side Tale Refracted Nine Times”, New York Times, July 8th 2010, Holland Cotter
“Review: Nicholas Di Genova at Fredericks and Freiser Gallery”, Art Forum, May 2010, Michael Wilson
“Feature: Nicholas Di Genova”, Hi-Fructose, Vol 10, January 2009
“Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting”, Magenta Foundation, 2008
“Artist Profile”, Juxtapoz Magazine, Vol 82, November 2007
“Queasily Convincing”, The Globe and Mail, August 5th 2005, Gary Michael Dault
“The Big Picture”, The National Post, July 30th 2005, RM Vaughan
“Creepy Creatures”, NOW Magazine, July 28th 2005, David Jager
“Rewind: Nicholas Di Genova”, Canadian Art, Vol. 21, No. 4, October 2004, Randy Gladman
“23-Year-Old’s Revenge on Grey OCAD”, The Globe and Mail, July 31st 2004, Gary Michael Dault

Awards and Grants
2016 Ontario Arts Council – Emerging Artist Project Grant
2011 Canada Council for the Arts – Travel Grant
2010 Toronto Arts Council – Visual Artist Level 1 Project Grant

Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
The Claudine and Jean-Marc Salomon Foundation, France
Coleccao Madeira Corporate Services, Portugal
Fidelity Investments, MA
Groupe Lumiere, France

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