Nicola Samori
  • Chioma di luce, 2010, Oil on copper, 30 x 20 cm
  • Deluge Room, 2012, Oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm
  • Virgo, 2012, Oil on wood, 28 x 21 x 4 cm
  • Cormon, 2010, Oil on wood,27 x 19 cm
  • Il veleno nelle ombre, 2010, Oil on wood, 40 x 30 cm
  • Senza titolo, 2010, Oil on wood, 40 x 30 cm
  • Terzi, 2010, Oil on plate, 106 x 91 cm
  • The Violin, 2012, 100 x 100 cm
  • Vailetti, 2010, Oil on linen, 200 x 150 cm
  • The limits of control, 2012, 100 x 100 cm

The Corporeality of the body as skin and scourged paint structure (literally écorché), realised in terms of marks and memory as material ‘trace’, is central to the approach to painting undertaken by Nicola Samori. His works express the inner life of painting both as a process and a material extension, and in so doing reveal his unique technique for revivifying the possibilities offered by traditional image-making. In a work called Hans Holbein Ecorché (estasi) (2010), the surface is quite literally a flayed space that has been materially transformed from its source image. The use of the term ‘ecstasy’ (in the philosophical sense of ‘outside-of-itself’) connotes at the same time the idea of a transformation that is both emotional and material. In this work, executed on a sheet of copper, Samori has used the material references of past painting practices, while completely revivifying them in relation to the aesthetic painting realities of the present, comprising an increasingly self-reflexive and analytical understanding of what constitutes the conditions of picture-making.

A part of the essay "Under the skin" written by the English curator and art critic Mark Gisbourne in the catalogue SOLO, presented by AMC Collezione Coppola

Nicola Samorì

Born 1977 in Forlì, Italy. Lives and works in Bagnacavallo.

Solo Exhibitions


RELIGO, TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Szczecin


L’Âge Mûr, Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London

Begotten, not made, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York

INTUS (cristalli di crisi), Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone

La pittura è cosa mortale, interrati palladiani, Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza


Guarigione dell’Ossesso, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

Vom Abtun der Bilder, Hospitalhof Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Die Verwindung, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena

The Disappearing Act, LARMgalleri, Copenhagen


Fegefeuer, Kunsthalle Tübingen

The Venerable Abject, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York


Imaginifragus, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

Scoriada, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento


La dialettica del mostro, MarcoRossi artecontemporanea Gallery, Milan


Lo spopolatore, Civic Museum of Riva del Garda, Fortress of Nago

Being, Magazzini del Sale, Cervia

Presente, ancient Monastery of St. Francis, Bagnacavallo


Pandemie, Allegretti artecontemporanea Gallery, Turin

Not so private. With my tongue in my cheek, Villa delle Rose, Bologna


Lapsus, Fortress of Strino, Vermiglio, Trento


Disiecta, Church of the Pious Suffrage, Fusignano

New Works, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento

TAC. Un paesaggio chiamato uomo, L’Ariete artecontemporanea Gallery, Bologna


Classicism Betrayed, Erdmann Contemporary Gallery, Cape Town

La conquête de l’ubiquité, Former Church in Albis, Russi


Dei Miti Memorie, Central TAFE Art Gallery, Perth


Enigma man. The fire of rebirth, Modern Art Museum Ca’ la Ghironda, Ponte Ronca di Zola Predosa

Nicola Samorì, Santa Maria delle Croci, Ravenna

Group exhibitions / Selection


56th International Art Exhibitionla Biennale di Venezia ‘ALL THE WORLD’S FUTURES’ITALIAN PAVILION ‘Codice Italia’, Tese delle Vergini, Arsenale, Venice

Violent Unknown Event, Galerie Dukan, Paris

La Sindone e l’impronta dell’arte, Civic Museum, Sansepolcro


TRUTHS – contemporary art in dialogue with old masters, Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen

VI° ART PRIZE VAF FOUNDATION. Current positions of Italian Art, Stadtgalerie, Kiel; Schauwerk, Sindelfingen; Palazzo della Penna, Perugia

Drawing Biennial Rimini, Cantiere Disegno, Civic Museum, Rimini

Doppio Sogno, Chiablese Palace, Turin


XXH – Man in the contemporary art collection of the Fondation Francès, Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent

Still, RLB Kunstbrücke, Innsbruck

Schöne Landschaft/Bedrohte Natur,Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück


“Fliegen/Flying”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

The continuation of romance,Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London

The Dorian Project, Second Guest Projects, New York

ALLES WASSER, SØR Rusche Sammlung Oelde/Berlin, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin

Memory. International Contemporary Sculpture, PAN Museum, Naples

Point of Entry, Ana Cristea Gallery, New York


La bellezza nella Parola, Royal Palace, Milan

Memory, Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery, London

54th International Art Exhibitionla Biennale di Venezia ‘ILLUMInations’ITALIAN PAVILION ‘L’Arte non è Cosa Nostra’, Tese delle Vergini, Arsenale, Venice

Ausstellung 13, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

Alla luce della croce, Modern Art Gallery “Raccolta Lercaro”, Bologna

Baroque, LARM galleri, Copenhagen


Blickkontakte, Anhaltische Gemaeldegalerie, Dessau

Attraverso le tenebre / Goya, Battaglia, Samorì, Modern Art Gallery “Raccolta Lercaro”, Bologna

Festival dei Due Mondi, Palazzo Pianciani, Spoleto

Christian Achenbach, Andreas Blank, Nicola Samorì, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin


Guardare con lo sguardo della mente, Contemporary Art Gallery “Vero Stoppioni”, Santa Sofia

Tadzio, Bianconi Gallery, Milan


Not so private, Villa delle Rose, Bologna


Sine die, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gibellina

ItalianArt 1968-2007. Painting, Palazzo Reale, Milan


Seven… everything goes to hell, Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo