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Valerio Nicolai
Mare di Merda #2, 2021
Lithograph on Litho Enrico Magnani di Pescia 300gsm paper
Printed by Litografia R. BULLA, Rome
35 x 50 cm (unframed)

Edition of 15 + 8AP, numbered and signed by the artist

The work’s title translates to “A shit sea”. To be “in a sea of ​​shit” means being in such a complicated situation from which there is no way back.
Valerio's work takes up this subject through color, which immediately transforms romantic sea surges into storms. The result is an image that takes up from both the Kantian Idea of the sublime and from popular sayings. It puts us face to face with the beauty of trouble, the charm of the end.
The sublime intimidates through the power of natural forces, a sea of ​​shit brings the idea back into the personal (or collective) realm, to the dismay of life, of the moment.
The atmosphere is also close to science fiction, it suggests a world adrift, consumed, holding together romance, irony and drama.

Valerio Nicolai was born in 1988 in Gorizia, lives and works in Milan. He studied at Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice.

Recent solo show: Amarena, Clima, Milan (2019); Heart’s rock and Potato’s spirit, Las Palmas Project, Lisbon; Prospettiva di una matrioska, smART Foundation, Rome; Processo a porcospino, Clima, Milan (2017); Trasformazione permanente di un mago in formica, Treti Galaxie, Turin (2016).
Selected group exhibition: Quadriennale Arte 2020, Roma; Art Residency – Port Tonic Art Center; SWAMP HORSES, Spirit Vessel, Espinavessa (2019), straperetana 2018, curated by Saverio Verini, Pereto (AQ), Trigger Party, curated by Andrea Magnani e Zoe De Luca, Marselleria, Milan (2018); A night out of town, Clima, Milan (2016); Shit and die, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Palazzo Cavour, Turin (2014).

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