Nicola Parente

Artist Statement

"We live in a fast moving world. We are unable to capture the changes around us. We feel trapped in a fast moving highway of transformation. I sit. I breathe. I inhale the thoughts, the ideas, the movements that are overwhelming, intense, rigid yet fluid, beautiful yet disturbing, moving and captivating. I digest the moment, this particular moment. I allow myself to bask in it.

My work struggles to define the intersection that is present in daily urban life. I am intrigued by the interplay between the fluid and the static elements present in today’s urban tapestry. My work investigates untangling the chaos, the brilliance of technology, human development, nature’s vibrancy and ultimate demise. I document it in the best way I know how, art, my only voice." - Nicola Parente

Artist Bio

Italian American artist Nicola Parente currently lives and works in Houston. Working in a variety of media, he engages the viewer in dialogues of human encounter within the urban environment. In 2016-17, Parente’s paintings were part of a touring exhibition between Esbjerg, Denmark and Houston TX. In 2014, Parente was featured as one of Houston’s 100 creatives by HoustonPress and was the featured artist in the Bayou Review, a literary and visual arts journal published by the University of Houston. In 2011-12, Parente had a solo museum exhibition, featuring 30 paintings, at the Manuel Felguerez Museum of Abstract Art in Zacatecas, Mexico, as well as a solo exhibition at Seranade Art House in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 2011, he was selected as Cadillac Texas Spirit Honoree. In 2010, Parente's work was selected for Texas Art 2010 juried exhibition and his series Edge of Awakening was featured in a solo exhibition at Gremillion & Co Fine Art. That same year, he created a dynamic video/painting installation for Terminus, a Dominic Walsh Dance Theater production. In 2009, his work was featured in the Transparent/Translucent exhibition at the University of Texas Museum Gallery in San Antonio. Parente’s works can be seen in public and private collections in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Ethiopia. He obtained a BS from King’s College (PA) and a Masters degree from the University of St. Thomas (TX).