Canvas Size: approx 32 x 39 inches
Framed Size: approx. 37 x 45 inches
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.