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The Room of Saint Francis
1982 - acrylic paints, suitcase

An intense blue radiates from the walls of a large room located on the top floor of the villa. The visitor is immersed in an atmosphere of great mysticism. Several crescent moons seem to float in the space, while a painted suitcase symbolizes the spiritual voyages of Saint Francis of Assisi throughout the world. The two French windows in the room serve as a frame for several architectural references to the Saint's town, while on the side walls, evanescent images disappear into the blue sky, leaving halos of red light behind.

Nicola De Maria

Nicola De Maria was born in Foglianise in 1954. He lives and works in Turin.

He has held many one-man shows with the galleries that represent him: Col Gallery (Osaka & Tokyo, since 1994); Galerie Lelong (Zurich & Paris, since 1988); Galleria Cardi (Milan, since 1994). More recently his one-man shows have been seen at the Neue Galerie der Stadt, Linz (1998); Artiscope Bruxelles (2002); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2002); Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2004); Studio Trisorio, Naples (2005); Galleria Pio Monti, Rome (2008); Galleria dell'Arte Contemporanea, San Marino (2008); Galleria Cardi, Pietrasanta (2009).

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