Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Works

"The Demons of Mississippi"
1065x1065mm, Oil on canvas

455x610mm, Oil on wood panel

Three Amigos
November 27, 2001 - Jannuary 23, 2011


Tom Sanford

Nicola Verlato

Eric White

Galleri S.E Kalfarveien 76 5018 Bergen, Norway

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


this is a series of steps in the making of one of my last paintings, in an older post there's a drawing on the same subject matter.
The model for this painting is a sculpture that i made some months ago,
then you can see some steps in the process: from the sketch in charcoal and acrylic on canvas to the more precise drawing with conte' pencils, and also a digital passage in order to obtain an accurate foreshortening of the electric guitar (i used Maya in this case) .
In the last picture there's some work in acrylic for the highlights, i have already started to paint in oil, next post will be about that.

Art Theory Article

this is the link to the article i wrote about Graffiti art-internet and the art system
check it out, i'll post soon something about the new paintings I'm working on in these days

Monday, July 12, 2010

Greater New York

i have still to go to see this exhibition at PS1, at this point i really want to go, it's an exhibition that is collecting some of the worst reviews i ever read, even worse than "Younger than Jesus" at the New Museum last year and worse of the last, completely useless, Whitney Biennial.
Nobody like these kind of exhibitions, mainly populated by installations, video projections and photography, but, curators are still insisting in propose this stuff as the best possible things that people, for some arcane reason, should learn to appreciate.

Lowdown magazine

I should have publish this post before, sorry,
maybe is still possible to find it in some library,
i got a very nice interview published on this German magazine based in Berlin
check it out!

Mural Painting

i have just published an article about "Mural Painting" on this contemporary art magazine,
i'm going to publish it soon also in this blog
I'm talking about how the different graffiti techniques are evolving toward a redefinition of muralism and public art

100 artists see Satan, again

if you are in LA, try to pass by to see this exhibition at CSUF in Santa Ana: 100 Artists see satan
i'm showing this Drawing among the works of other 99 interesting artists of the pop surrealist, street art movement.
there's a nice review of the exhibition on Hi Fructose website

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sorry for the late!
this is the picture of the finished painting, i hope you'll like it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


As you can see I started to put some color, my method is monochromatic,
I work layer by layer until I reach full color.
Though it's hard to tell by this photograph I started to paint with a transparent blue in the shadows, the next step will be to add a transparent red, and subsequently a yellow, based on this combination of primary colors, I'll have very rich colors in the shadows.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More Progress Shots

Sorry about the lapse between the updates, I hope the amount of work I put into the pieces makes the wait worth your while.
As you can see I polished the figures, rendered the objects and background.
The scenes are now taking life and both of them are finally ready for the next step in my process: COLOR.
On the bigger painting all the characters have finally made their appearance, as well as the background.
As soon as I'm done rendering their flesh, this piece will also be ready for some color.

Friday, February 19, 2010


I've been working steadily on this one, finally got to paint with black and white in acrylic which starts to give it life.

Here are some details of it so far.

And this is what it looks like all together.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Work in Progress

Last night and today has snowed a lot, here's a picture Alessandro took of the snowfall on the rooftops next door.

And here are some more progress shots of the paintings for the April 10 show at Jonathan LeVine.

Still in Black and White, after having worked out some more details since last time,
but just about ready to add some color.

I'll keep you posted as the work develops.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


April 10 Thru May 8, 2010
I will be part of a 3 Person show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC

And in keeping my word about opening up my studio to you all here are some Photos by:Alessandro Echevarria of me in the studio working on the larger piece I'll have in the show.

Alessandro:"Is that going to fit out the door?"
Me:"What door?"

More to come: How do I even get to this point? More behind the scenes.

Nicola 2.0

This is my second blog, but this time around I want to update more consistently to let you know what is going on in the studio and with my work.

More to come...