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Nicola Di Caprio

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College / University
Central Connecticut State University
Program / Degree
drawing, design of advertising
Member type
Artist, Curator, Other
If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
Conceptual, Drawing, Event, Installation, Painting, Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video
I am...
a visual artist that deals mainly with music as a social and anthropological matter. I directs SUPERTESTE, an open ensemble of experimental rock, avant-garde, noise and free form music.

to visualize works, scroll down, please
per visionare le opere, si scorra verso il basso.


-VALENTINA TANNI "Observing entire universes"
Text in catalogue for the exhibition Post No Bills. 2012
- FRANKLIN SIRMANS “The art object and hip hop culture”
Text in catalogue for the exhibition Mass Appeal
August 2002 - September 2003
- FRANCESCO TEDESCHI “Dictionary of young Italian Art”
Flash Art Editore. Maggio 2003
- FRANKLIN SIRMANS “The sound we see”
Text in catalogue for the exhibition Public Domain
Galleria Pack, Milan. January 2003
- GIORGIO VERZOTTI “A message from the emperor”
Text in catalogue for the exhibition Public Domain.
Galleria Pack, Milan. January 2003
- MILOVAN FARRONATO “Nicola Di Caprio”
Review for the exhibition Public Domain
Tema Celeste Magazine. May 2003
Text in catalogue for the exhibitions at
Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena. March 2003
Castello di Masnago, Varese. September 2003
- FRANCESCA PASINI “Una musica da vedere”
Linus magazine. March 2003
- GIANLUCA MARZIANI “Young Italian Genome”
Text in catalogue. Buia Gallery, New York. May 2003
“New York New York. Art fragments from the big Apple”
Flash Art international, October 2003
- OLGA GAMBARI “L’arte italiana in primo piano”
La Repubblica Newspaper, Torino. 17 jan 2004
- LUCA BEATRICE “Back in Black”. Text in catalogue
Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano. June 2004
“Dagli anni ‘80 in poi: the world of Contemporary art in Italy”
Artshow Editore / Juliet Editrice, 2005
Inside Magazine. Autumn 2005
- IVAN QUARONI “The Season”
Text in catalogue. Edizioni Galleria Pack. 2005
- BEATRICE FUNARO “Sulla pelle”
Mucchio Selvaggio Magazine. July 2005
- MICHELE PRIMI “La musica sulla pelle”
Rolling Stone Magazine. July 2005
- LUCA BEATRICE “Sound & Vision”, 2005
Text in catalogue. Damiani Editore
- MICHELE ROBECCHI “Musical Hallucination”
Text in catalogue for the exhibition Silence is Sexy. Sept. 2005
- ALBERTO ZANCHETTA “Quando il visivo incontra il sonoro”
Around Photography Magazine, may 2006
- ANGELA VETTESE “Suoni che diventano visioni”
Il Sole 24ore Newspaper (Domenicale). May 2006
- ELEONORA MANCINI “Quelli che si sentono artisti”
Il Giornale dell’Arte Magazine. May 2006
- OLGA GAMBARI “L’anima e la musica secondo Di Caprio”
La Repubblica Newspaper, June 2006
- ALFREDO SIGOLO. Review for the exhibition
“Innocent Watchers”. Exibart on Paper Magazine, Dec. 2007
- ALBERTO ZANCHETTA “Nicola Di Caprio - Special Guest”
EspoArte Magazine, april 2007
- EDITORIAL “Nicola Di Caprio”
Text in catalogue for the exhibition The Sovereign Art Prize - Shortlist 2008. Somerset House - London UK
- MARCO CINGOLANI "Ricercato da vivo"
Cronaca Vera - the first italian pulp magazine - n°1942 nov 2008
- JEANNIE BUELLER "Italian Idols NDC Second Skin"
Bang Art Magazine - n° 5 dic 09- Feb 2010
- EUGENIA ROMANELLI "Arte visuale e sonora"
Il Fatto Quotidiano - Smart Time - January the 21st 2010


- POST NO BILLS - text by Valentina Tanni
color, 48 pag + cover - italian/english. NDC Edition, 2012
- APPLAUSI - texts by Nicola Di Caprio - italian/english
limited edition of 400 different copies. Artshow Editore, 2009
texts by Martina Cavallarin, Luca Beatrice and Michele Robecchi
color, 96 pag + flip cover - italian/english - Artshow Editore
over 300 different photos of common people wearing music T-shirts.
texts by Luca Beatrice and Mauro Ermanno "Giò" Giovanardi
texts by Franklin Sirmans and Giorgio Verzotti
Special editorial project for the Buia Gallery New York solo exhibition.
Text by Michele Robecchi.
texts by Luca Beatrice and Francesco Tedeschi
About my artwork

2012 - SometimeStudio, Paris France
2012 - Photographia, Milan Italy
2009 - Sangiorgi Gallery, Laigueglia (SV) Italy
2008 - A+M Bookstore, Milan Italy
2006 - Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice Italy
2006 - Velan, Turin Italy
2005 - Buia Gallery, New York NY USA
2003 - Galleria Pack, Milan Italy

2011 - Sovereign European Art Prize”, Haskoy Yun İplik Fabrikasi - Istanbul, Turkey.
2011 - CAMPANIA SENSES for Italian Pavillion at 54th Biennale di Venezia
CAM | Casoria Contemporary Art Museum - Casoria (Naples Italy)
2011 - ELEAZAR // curated by Alberto Zanchetta
CorsoVeneziaOtto - Milano
Galleria Ugo Ferranti - Roma
2011 - I LOVE MUSIC // curated by B. Martusciello e G. Stagnitta
Room26 - Roma
2009 - LOVE ME FENDER, Museo internazionale della Musica - Bologna
2009 - "10" A GENERATION OF ARTIST'S BOOKS, 1999-2009 - O' Artoteca, Milano
2009 - 3-WORDS Galleria Emmeotto, Roma
2008 - THE SHORTLIST 2008 The Sovereign European Art Prize,
Somerset House, London UK
2006 - SOUND & VISION Palazzo Della Penna, Perugia
2005 - WISH YOU WERE HERE Atlantic University, Miami, FL - USA
2004 - ALLARMI Caserma De Cristoforis, Como
2004 - THE BLACK ALBUM Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea - Milano
Palazzo Promotrice Belle Arti, Torino
2003 - YOUNG ITALIAN GENOME Buia Gallery, New York USA
2003 - MELTING POP Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
and Castello di Masnago, Varese
Gallery 101 Ottawa CANADA
Arts Intercultur. Montreal CANADA
Khyber Centre for the Arts Halifax CANADA
Owens Art Gall. Univ. Sackville CANADA
2002 - NOISE Galleria Pack, Milano
Artists I like
Excerpt from text in catalogue "The Sound We See". 2003
"... And, while much has recently been made of artist’s inclinations to recontextualize popular music within works of art -giving pause to deeper meanings behind the reflexive ebbs and flows of fads and collective taste - few artists’ have made use of the icons of the music industry with such insightful energy as Nicola Di Caprio " ... "Like most good contemporary art, Di Caprio’s game is complete in the modernist tradition of collaborating with the viewer. And like most good art Di Caprio makes work that implicitly and sometimes explicitly refers to art objects that came before his, that are a part of a sequence that he has added on to..."
Franklin Sirmans (art critic and curator. Chief curator of contemporary art at LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Formerly curator at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas - USA)

Excerpt from text in catalogue "A message from the emperor". 2003
"... Di Caprio intends to reacquire a sense of subjectivity, to make it possible to transport the need for a subjective uniqueness from among the reams of symbols floating in the glistening sea of the culture industry. In a certain sense, Di Caprio searches for what lies at the heart of that which is always silent: the subject and its value. The industry constantly churns out symbols to be consumed and then replaced. But the music remains; the basis exists..."
Giorgio Verzotti (art critic and curator. Has been chief curator of Castello di Rivoli at Rivoli, Torino, and chief curator of MART of Trento e Rovereto)
Excerpt from "Public Domain, Nicola Di Caprio at Pack, Milan" review of the solo exhibit. Flash Art may 2003
"... In the optics of a contemporary contamination, immediate but not superficial, Nicola Di Caprio is one of the interpreters more acute of such problem: to give back visual of the sounds, to restore in the mind a piece through its graphic reproduction ... Generous and intelligent exhibition, it calls the public to the involvement and to the memory, without renouncing to a more deepened analysis of cultural connections, which is fundamental for our time...”
Luca Beatrice (art critic, curator and writer. He is the co-curator of Padiglione Italia at Biennale di Venezia 2009)

Excerpt from text in catalogue "Musical Hallucinations ". 2005
"... Recently Di Caprio’s work seems to follow a slightly more sociological approach, investigating the music industry and the ambiguous relationship that it entertains with the audience ...It is very often said that music has the power to evoke images. Di Caprio’s work seems to be an attempt to subvert this process. His images don’t speak; they play, recalling the music that inspired them and consequently the personal memories of the viewers..."
Michele Robecchi (art critic and curator. Writes for Flash Art, Phaidon London, among others)

Excerpt from text in catalogue "NDC = note dal contemporaneo". 2006
"... Virtual icons and symbologies of popular codes are re-digested through the multiple frequencies of his artistic ability which through its pieces, modes and tics reveals itself to be pure ... He shows us how his favourite arts – in vision and sound – possess the entire syntax necessary to interpret what surrounds us ..."
Martina Cavallarin (art critic and curator)

Excerpt from press release of "Silence is Sexy”" at Buia Gallery, NYC. 2005
“ ... Fascinated by the societal implications and all-encompassing nature of music and the music industry, Di Caprio intertwines strong references to his art historical predecessors with diverse musical genres. Implementing the latter’s visual vocabulary, Di Caprio constructs a dichotomy of what would commonly be conceived as “popular” and “avant garde” culture. What results is a conflation of culturally produced phenomena whose construct and evolution share in common particular key elements- the notion, for example, of the artist (musical or visual) as hero, profit or shaman, and the corresponding concept of the sublime, as well as the resulting cultures and subcultures and physical manifestations that each produce. The success of the relationship between the two art forms in Di Caprio’s work lay in the fusion of the strengths of each, ultimately generating a reified

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At 14:57 on October 26, 2010, Jonna Pedersen, Denmark said…
Thank you so much for your beautiful compliment! Compliments back ;-)
At 18:32 on October 25, 2010, Kennedy James said…
thanks for your comments !
At 7:25 on October 25, 2010, Jonna Pedersen, Denmark said…
Hi Nicola - thanks for finding me!! and adding me as friend so I could get to know your interesting art! Best wishes, Jonna


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