Manuel Felguerez Abstract Art Museum, Zacatecas Mexico

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.

copyright © 2000-2019 Nicola Parente All Rights Reserved

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Nicola Parente exhibits new paintings at Laura Rathe Fine Art Colquitt Oct 19-Nov 30, 2019

Current Exhibition at Laura Rathe Fine Art |  2707 Colquitt St., Houston TX 77098   713.527.7700   October 19- November 29, 2019 In Nicola Parente’s recent body of work entitled Musings of the Human Condition, Parente explores the relationships between painting and...
Read More

Parente invited to exhibit at Museo de Guadalupe – Génesis In principio- in Mexico

Nicola Parente was invited to be a part of a museum exhibit at the Museo de Guadalupe (Zacatecas Mexico) titled “Génesis in principio – Una Miranda contemporanéa”. The exhibit opens June 30th thru October 2017. In 2018 this exhibition will travel to...
Read More

Artist Nicola Parente partners with Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, in creating a birdhouse benefiting Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Celebrity Birdhouse Silent Auction benefiting the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Saturday April 22, 2017 | 3-5 pm | Spring Street Studios (1824 Spring St, Houston) Silent Auction of birdhouses created by pairing of local celebrities and celebrated Artist at...
Read More

Haiku Home Houston Showroom Celebrates Collaboration with Artist Nicola Parente

Parente recently teamed up with Haiku Home Artisan Collection by Big Ass Solutions to create an Artisan Series ceiling fan that will be sold worldwide. An exhibition featuring Parente’s original fan and a collection of his paintings will be on view though May 21,...
Read More

Nicola Parente sculpture “Flower of Life” featured in Art Trek curated outdoor exhibition

  Curated outdoor exhibit on Heights Boulevard by Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery and artist and community activist Chris Silkwood features eight artists . The goal of “Art Trek” sculpture project is to organize an exhibition that is a representation of regional...
Read More

Parente Creates Outdoor Interactive Poet Trees for Writers in the Schools Poetry Month

Nicola Parente partnered with Writers in the Schools (WITS) to transform trees into “poet-trees” in Houston during National Poetry Month. Parente dressed trees at Buffalo Bayou Park and the East End Esplanade on Navigation. Visitors were encouraged to write a poem,...
Read More

2016: Art Car Museum, Rørpost Collaboration Project, an International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition

Art Car Museum, Rørpost Collaboration Project, an International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition: 2 COUNTRIES (Denmark and Houston) – 4 EXHIBITIONS – 42 ARTISTS – 84 WORKS OF ART, Art Car Museum. Exhibition on view September 10 thru October 30,...
Read More

Nicola Parente Named One of Houston’s Top Ten Painters by Houston Press Magazine.

Houston Press, “Best of Houston” Rest of the Best 2014: Houston’s Top 10 Painters”. Houston Press,  Best of Houston “Rest of the Best 2014: Houston’s Top 10 Painters” By Olivia Flores Alvarez, July 3, 2014 Italian-born...
Read More

NEWS | UPCOMING

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

Nicola Parente Featured for Texas Top Thirty Exhibition

Art on Fifth Gallery – 3005 South Lamar,  Suite C 110 B, Austin, Texas 78704 September 23 – October 19, 2013 A curated collection of the paintings of many of Texas’ most outstanding visual artists. Organized by Austin artist Allison Gregory, PAWS for a...

read more

Nicola Parente Exhibits With Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe

Nicola Parente exhibiting in a group show with Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe (409 Canyon Rd). Located on the historic lower Canyon Road arts district, Wade Wilson Art Santa Fe will feature a full season of exhibitions. Wade Wilson exhibits a roster of 27 extraordinary...

read more

CV | EXHIBITIONS | COLLECTIONS | PRESS

COMPLETE CV PRINTABLE FILE Click on link below:

Parente_2019_Oct_COMPLETE_CV

AWARDS AND HONORS

 

  • 2019  Recipient, Support for Artists and Creative Individuals Grant, Houston Arts Alliance for “Snapshot” (Permanent Public Sculpture)
  • 2018  Recipient, Scaped Senses named winner “Best ReUse Project in Texas”
  • 2018  Recipient, Bayou Trails Grant, a creative place-making project funded by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town initiative, The Brown Foundation, Wells Fargo and the City of Houston. “Color Bursting Hermann Park” was a site-specific multidisciplinary installation 
  • 2017  Recipient, Individual Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance for “Scaped Senses”
  • 2016  Recipient, Digital Assets Management:Solutions for Artists, Patricia Hernandez, Studio One Archive Resource
  • 2014  Recipient, Houston Press, “Houston’s Top 10 Painters” 
  • 2014  Recipient, Modern Luxury Houston, #1 “Best of the City, Top Five: Ones to watch in ’14”
  • 2013  Recipient, Houston Press 100 Creatives, Houston TX
  • 2012  Recipient, Creative Capital: “Strategic Planning for Artists” Master Class, Houston TX
  • 2011  Recipient, 2011 Cadillac Spirit of Texas Honoree, KHOU (CBS) TV, Houston TX
  • 2010  Juror, Houston Art Colony Association for the annual Bayou City Arts Festival 
  • 2009  Juror, Black & White,  IIDA, Art & Artifacts Photography Competition 
  • 2009  Art for Arthritis ’09 Featured Artist, Houston TX
  • 2009  Houston Arts Alliance Peer Panel Review 
  • 2009  Juror, Houston Art Colony Association for the annual Bayou City Arts Festival 
  • 2008/09  Recipient of Artist Cohorn, Professional Development Workshop, DiverseWorks and  Houston Arts Alliance, Houston TX                                                   
  • 2008  Recipient of Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop, DiverseWorks, Houston TX
  • 2008  Juror, Houston Art Colony Association for the annual Bayou City Arts Festival 
  • 2008  002houston Magazine – Cover Contest Honorable Mention
  • 2007 Juror, Houston Art Colony Association for the annual Bayou City Arts Festival 
  • 2005  Visual Arts Alliance, Bank of America Building, Houston TX (Honorable Mention, juried exhibition, Harvey Bott, Juror)
PUBLIC ART AND INSTALLATION PROJECTS

2019 Snapshot, Permanent Sculpture, Public Art, BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community Center, (Collaboration with Tami Merrick)

2018 Color Bursting Hermann Park, Site Specific Installation, Hermann Park, Houston, TX (Collaboration with Tami Merrick)

2018 Poet Trees Installation, Writers in the Schools, Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston TX

2017 Scaped Senses, Site Specific Installation, Near Northside, Houston, TX (Collaboration with Tami Merrick)

2017 Poet Trees Installation, Writers in the Schools, Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston TX

2017 Art Trek, Heights Boulevard Sculpture Exhibit, Houston, TX (Catalog)

2016 Poet Trees Installation, Writers in the Schools, Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston TX

2016 Poet Trees Installation, Writers in the Schools, East End Esplanade at Navigation, Houston, TX

2013 Colony Collapse, site specific gallery installation, micro scope 1824, Houston TX

2010 Terminus, Video/Painting Installation, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Houston TX

2010  Edge of Awakening, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX (Catalog)

2009 Natural Recyclers, outdoor installation, Art League Houston, Houston TX  (collaboration w Dyvia Murthy)

2009 Wasted Resolve, site specific gallery installation, Art League Houston, Houston TX (collaboration w Dyvia Murthy)

2008 Terminus, E_Merging II, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Houston TX (featured artist, set & costume design for ballet “Terminus”)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2019 A Multi-Media Duo Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston TX
  • 2015  No Color Without Light, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX
  • 2013  Pelagico, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX
  • 2013 Colony Collapse, site specific gallery installation, micro scope 1824, Houston TX
  • 2012 FallArtFare, Laura U, Houston, TX
  • 2012 Bishangari, Fotofest 2012 Biennial, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX
  • 2011 Al Borde del Despertar, Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez, Zacatecas Mexico (Catalog)
  • 2011 In the Light, Serenade Art House, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 2011  Edge of Awakening, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Dallas TX (Catalog)
  • 2010  Edge of Awakening, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX (Catalog)
  • 2008  Journey, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX (Catalog)
  • 2008 River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Featured Artist, Houston TX
  • 2007  Art and Architecture, Shadehouse Development, Houston TX 
  • 2007 Reflections, 1200 Post Oak Gallery, Houston TX 
  • 2006  The Edge of Urban Time, Thornwood Gallery Colquitt, Houston TX (two person exhibition)
  • 2006 Circles, Inner Connection, Thornwood Gallery Birdsall, Houston TX
  • 2005  Inner Connections, Omni Houston Hotel Gallery, Houston TX
  • 2005 Sensations, Culture Club Gallery, Mola di Bari Italy 
  • 2005 Movement Without Borders, Italy America Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Houston TX
  • 2005 Reaction, Morris Architects Lobby, Houston TX 
  • 2004  Mediterraneo, Morris Architects Lobby, Houston TX 
  • 2004 Mind Matter, Omni Houston Hotel Gallery,  Houston TX
  • 2003  Art in Unsuspecting Places, Six Gee, Houston TX (two person exhibition)
  • 2003 Nuances of Emotions, Mind Puddles Gallery, Houston TX
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Burning Bones Press: A Selection of Prints, Print Houston 2019, Moody Gallery, Houston, TX

2018 Blue Vessel of Light, Houston Sculpture Month, Magpies & Peacocks, Houston, TX

2018 Contemporary Art Fair, Arnoult Fine Art, Houston, TX 

2017 Transcendent Light, Sozo Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2017 Genesis In Pricipio, Museo de Guadalupe, Zacateca Mexico (Catalog)

2017 Monotype Monothon, Collaborative Print Projects with Master Printer Patrick Masterson, Rice University Media Center, Houston TX

2017 Rorpost, An International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition, Houston City Hall, Houston, TX (Catalog)

2016 Proyecto 25 Artistas, Irma Valerio Galerias, Gobierno de Estado de Zacatecas, Antiguo Templo de San Agustin, Zacatecas Mexico

2016 Rorpost, An International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition, Art Car Museum, Houston TX

2016 Rorpost, An International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition, City Hall and Arier Gammeltorv at UXSyd, Esbjerg Denmark

2015 12-Thirteen, A Collaborative Art Project, Winter Street Gallery, Houston TX (Catalog)

2015 Flow, Camiba Art, Austin TX

2015 The Originals, Winter Street Gallery, Houston TX (Catalog)

2014 Seven Selected Artists, Hyde Park Gallery, Houston TX

2014 Print Austin 2014, Flatbed Press Contemporary Print Fair, Burning Bones Press, Austin TX

2013 Intervals, Kingwood Fine Art Gallery, Lone Star College, Kingwood TX (Catalog)

2013 Texas Top Thirty, Art on 5th, Austin TX

2013 Multiplicity, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston TX (Curated by Sally Sprout). Featuring Master Printer Pat Masterson’s collaborations with Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jim Isermann, Udomsak Krisanamis, Francesca Fuchs, Patrick Palmer, Nicola Parente, Lamar Peterson, Dan Rizzle and James Surls.

2013 Print Auction Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, Houston TX (Catalog, Curated by Libbie J. Masterson)

2012  Assemblage, An Exhibition Featuring Recent Works from the United States and Europe, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Dallas TX

2012  Inaugural Exhibition, Wade Wilson Art, Santa Fe NM

2012  Art Chatter Critique Group, Buchanan Gallery, Galveston TX

2012  The Gambler Returns, Luck of the Draw, Diverse Works, Houston TX

2010 Miami ArtBasel/Red Dot, Aleatoric Art, Miami FL 

2010  Gambol, Art League Houston, Houston TX (juried exhibition, Miranda Lash, Juror, Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art, Museum of Art in New Orleans)

2010  Inaugural Exhibition, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Dallas TX

2010  Texas Art 2010, Assistance League, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston TX  (juried exhibition, John Zarobell, Juror, Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, San FrancisMuseum of Modern Art)

2010  Articulation, Audley Society, Houston TX 

2009  Arts and Power, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX (Ron Gremillion, Curator)

2009 Water-Effects on Life in the Houston Area, Rice University Shell Center for Sustainability, Houston 

2009 Italian Style Expo, Featured Artist, Houston TX

2009 Transparent/Translucent, University of Texas Art Gallery Museum, San Antonio TX

2009 Parallel Universes – The Art of Quantum Physics, Spacetaker, Houston TX

2008  Texas National 2008, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches TX (juried exhibition, Roger Shimomura, Juror)

2008  Texas Art 2008, Assistance League, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston TX  (juried exhibition, Dr. Kevin Salatino, Juror, Department Head and Curator of Prints and Drawings, Los Angeles Count Museum of Art)

2008 Intersections, The Jung Center, Houston TX 

2008 Dia de los Muertos, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX 

2007   Art Crawl, M.A.N. Studios, Houston TX

2007 Dia de los Muertos, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX 

2007 ArtHouston, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX

2007 In Focus, Visual Arts Alliance, Sugar Land Regional Airport, Houston TX

2006   Art Crawl, Mother Dog Studios, Houston TX

2006 Fire & Water Invitational, Arnaudville LA (George Marx, Curator)

2006 Gallery Artist, Ann Connely Fine Art, Baton Rouge LA

2006 Dia de los Muertos, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX

2006 Visual Arts Alliance, Continental Airlines Building Lobby, Houston TX. (juried exhibition, Clint Willhour, Juror)

2006 ArtHouston, Thornwood Gallery, Houston TX

2005 Dia de los Muertos, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX 

2005 Visual Arts Alliance, Bank of America Building, Houston TX  (Honorable Mention Award, juried exhibition, Harvey Bott, Juror)

2005 Face, Artcar Museum, Houston TX 

2004  Dia de los Muertos, Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX 

2004 Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Art Car Museum, Houston TX  (juried exhibition,  Michael Ray Charles, Juror)

SELECTED PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
  • Museum Collections:
    Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas, Mexico 
  • Museo de Guadalupe, Zacatecas, Mexico     
  • Hospitality Collections:
  • JW Marriott, Houston TX
  • Hilton Austin Convention Center, Austin TX
  • Hilton Americas Houston TX
  • The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas TX
  • The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco CA
  • Bailey’s American Grille, Seabrook TX
  • Vineyard on the Square, Sugarland TX
  • The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown, Houston
  • Corporate Collections:
  • Apache Corporation, USA
  • Pride International, USA
  • Parker Drilling Company, USA
  • Tam International, USA
  • Superior Energy ServicesPrecision Drilling, USA
  • Oasis Petroleum, Houston TX
  • Transwestern Development Co.
  • Neo’s Architects, Houston TX
  • Boston Consulting Group, Houston TX
  • University of Houston, Energy Research Park
  • Triad Resources, Houston TX
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, NC
  • Castleton Commodities International, Stamford CT
  • Palantir Capital Management, Houston TX
  • Banco Santander, Spain
  • Kanaly Trust, Houston TX
  • Accenture, Houston TX
  • Vestas Technology, USA
  • Mann Eye Institute, Houston TX
  • METRO, Houston
  • Burford & Maney L.L.P., Houston TX
  • The Kroger Co., Sugarland TX
  • Haiku by Big Ass Fans, Houston, TX
  • Healthcare Collections:
  • Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Austin TX
  • Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston TX
  • International Woman’s Foundation, Marfa TX
SCENIC DESIGN

 

  • 2011  Time Out of Line, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Houston TX (Scenic design collaboration with Dominic Walsh and Tim Thomson)
  • 2008 & 2010  Terminus, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Houston TX (Video and painting installation)
PRESS

Click on the red links below to read complete article:

2019

2018

  • Gunnerson, Tate, “Bright Idea”, Luxe Interiors + Design, July/August 2018
  • Wozny, Nancy, Texas Lens: Arts Pedestrians, Arts and Culture Texas, April 23, 2018
  • Elliott, Amber,  “Art patrons score four-course dinner, two Broadway performances and Southwest Airlines swag”, Houston Chronicle, April 12, 2018
  • Gaines, Tarra,  “6 brand-new public art projects every Houstonian should experience”, Culture Map Houston,  April 9, 2018
  • Staff Editor, “Houston Arts Alliance Innovators – 7 Creative Forces Who’ve Used Grants to Make Magic”, Paper City Magazine, March 22, 2018
  • Staff Editors, “Color Bursting Hermann Park by Tami Merrick and Nicola Parente opens March 25, 2018 in Conjunction with the Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival”, OutSmart Magazine, March 2018
  • Staff Editors, “Bayou Trails Collaboration with City Parks”, Art Houston Magazine, Spring/Summer 2018
  • Cohen, Mitch, “Art Valet: Color is Bursting at Hermann Park”, The Leader, February 21, 2018

2017

  • Editors, “Smoking Hot!”, Interior Design, May 2017
  • Editors, “Art Trek, 2017 Heights Boulevard Sculpture Project”, the Heights Pages, Summer, 2017
  • Tong Amber, “Meet Houston Artist Nicola Parente’s Biggest Fan”, Houstonia, March 20, 2017

2016

2015

  • Laura Mauk, “House of Style”, Luxe Interiors + Design, November/December 2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2003-2004

  • Editors, Preview Six Degrees, Houston Chronicle, November 25, 2004
  • Griffith, Lanny, “Live with Lanny Griffith”, Fox 26 TV Houston, TX (interview), 2004
  • Fox 26 TV Morning News – Featured artist of the week- 2003 and 2004
PUBLICATIONS

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Dominic Walsh and Gabriella Nissen, 2015

Visualseen, Published in France in collaboration with Texas French Arts Alliance and the Blaffer Gallery at the

University of Houston, 2014 (featured artist)

Laurel, Ana, “A Journey from Inception to Creation:An Interview with Nicola Parente”, UHDT, The Bayou Review,

A Literary and Visual Arts Journal, Vol 26, Issue 1, Spring 2012

Aleatoric Art in the 21st Century, A Study of Change in Contemporary Fine Art , with text by Ray Cabarga, Aleatoric Art Gallery 2012

Moore Alannah, The Creative Person’s Website Builder, The llex Press Limited, 2012

Nicola Parente Al Borde del Despertar Edge pf Awakening, Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez, Zacatecas Mexico, 2011

Fenberg, Steven, “Arts”, learn advance achieve enjoy, Houston Endowment 2008 Annual Report, 2009

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS | TEACHING | PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS | EDUCATION

Speaking Engagements:

  •  2017 ArtXChange, HoustonXDesign, AIA – American Institute of Architects, Houston Chapter, DLR Group. Parente presented his artwork and projects to an audience as part of an artist panel, discussing the local, national and global future of design and the importance of art in the marketplace.
  • 2017  !Integrate, Haiku Home Event Panel, “What’s New, What’s Next: High Point Market Recap and a Look to the Future”, Panelists: Laura Umansky, President and Creative Director at Laura U Interior Design and Artist Nicola Parente with Moderator: Letecia Haywood, Principle Designer at Laura U Interior Design

 

Teaching Experience:

  • 2019              Artist Inc Facilitator, Mid America Arts Aliance via Fresh Arts, Houston TX
  • 2009-2014     Writers in the Schools (WITS), Artist-in-residence, Houston TX
  • 2009-2010     Menil Collection, WITS Artist-in-residence, Joaquin Torres-Garcia Project, Houston, TX
  • 2009              Houston Museum of Fine Arts, WITS, Art to Poetry to Art workshops
  • 2009              Speakeasy, Spacetaker (Artists Talk), Houston TX
  • 2009              Writers in the Schools (WITS), Artist-in-residence, Houston TX
  • 2007              DeMedici Art Academy, Houston TX

Professional Affiliations:

Mid America Arts Allience, Artist Inc Facilitator 2019-present
Avenue CDC (Community Development Corporation), Houston, Board of Trustees, 2015-present
Greater Northside Management District, Tour de Northside 2014 Planning Committee
Go Culture 2014-18, Committee Member
Art Colony Association, Houston, Board of Trustees (President, Vice-President, Secretary,) 2008-2014
Bayou City Art Festival, Education Committee, Judging Committee Chair
Art Chatter Critique Group, Houston TX
Winter, Spring & Silver Street Studios, Artist Advisory Committee
Writers in the Schools, Houston TX, Outreach Committee

 

Education:

M.B.A., 2004, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
B.A., 1988, Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

BOOKS | PUBLICATIONS

Exhibition Catalog March - December 2017

2017 | Art Trek Heights Blvd Sculpture Project

This catalog features Art Trek, a curated outdoor exhibit on Heights Boulevard by Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery and artist and community activist Chris Silkwood, Featuring eight artists including: Nicola Parente, James Ciosek, Jon Clark, Dylan Conner, Noah Edmundson, Yuliya Lanina, Zak Miano, and Randall Mosman. . The goal of “Art Trek” sculpture project is to organize an exhibition that is a representation of regional works of contemporary art along the esplanade for the enjoyment of our community and visitors. Exhibits – produced by highly recognized Texas artists – will foster the understanding and advancement of art.  Click on the image to view or order the Catalog.

2015 | Dominic Walsh Dance Theater by Dominic Walsh

In this book Dominic Walsh, founder and artistic director of DWDT, reflects on his journey leading the company.  The book features a collection of stunning photographs by Gabriella and other photographers capturing incredible moments from the company’s repertoire.  Dominic Walsh Dance Theater is a retrospective of the remarkable achievement of DWDT and a testament to the passionate vision of Dominic Walsh.

This book is available exclusively through gabriellanissen.com and Brazos Bookstore.

2012 | Nicola Parente Al Borde del Despertar Edge of Awakening, Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez

The Manuel Felguérez Abstract Art Museum, one of the few museums in the world that specializes in abstract art, is committed to exhibiting and showing abstract productions created both locally and internationally. This exhibit by Italian-American artist Nicola Parente, titled Edge of Awakening, includes 30 recently created mid to large sized paintings.

Abstract art, as a universal pictorial, language gives artists the world over a series of possibilities and paths to express and verbalize, to invent and reinvent their own realities, through signs and expressions that know no boundaries. Within this global context, paintings by artists such as Nicola Parente could be considered contemporary Italian, North American, Mexican, or simply as paintings that belong to a worldwide current.

2010 | Nicola Parente Edge of Awakening

Edge of Awakening – Paintings by artist Nicola Parente

“Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”

These words by Henry David Thoreau inspire Nicola Parente’s new body of work Edge of Awakening. The dynamic series of expressive abstract paintings explores neither awakening nor its opposite, but the uncertain worlds between the two where each person must choose among possibilities. Those choices, those points of decision, visited and re-visited, both discover and invent the nature of our lives.

2008 | Nicola Parente Journey

Painting by Italian born artist Nicola Parente. Working in a variety of media, Parente engages the viewer in dialogues of human encounter within the urban environment. Inspired by changes in metropolitan communities, his art defines the intersections of daily urban life and timeless multi-cultural celebration. Parente’s paintings capture the fluidity and static elements of the urban matrix, referencing the architectonic images, reflections, and rhythms of its landscape.

COMMUNITY

Artist Nicola Parente partners with Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, in creating a birdhouse benefiting Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Celebrity Birdhouse Silent Auction benefiting the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Saturday April 22, 2017 | 3-5 pm | Spring Street Studios (1824 Spring St, Houston) Silent Auction of birdhouses created by pairing of local celebrities and celebrated Artist at...
Read More

2016: Parente Supports Art on the Avenue, Avenue CDC

Nicola Parente donates original artwork to support Avenue CDC with its mission. This is Houston’s largest charity silent art auction, supporting local artists and Avenue CDC’s programs to build affordable homes and strengthen communities. For over ten years...
Read More

2016: Artist Nicola Parente Donates Original Artwork to support Writers in the Schools “free to be” Gala

Nicola Parente has been a long-time friend and supporter of Writers in the Schools (WITS). He has taught as a visiting artist with WITS for many years and believes that their program makes a huge difference in our community. This years Free to Be gala is on Thursday,...
Read More

2014: Supporting Art Colony Association: Seven Selected Artists Curated by Nicola Parente and Kelly Kindred at Hyde Park Gallery

...
Read More

2013: Nicola Parente Selected Artist to Host Art on the Avenue’s Preview Party

17th Annual Art on the Avenue: Guests to this year’s event will have the opportunity to bid on original artwork from more than 250 artists including painting, sculpture and jewelry pieces, and the chance to bid on packages including travel, dinners, entertainment, spa...
Read More

2013 Paws for a PURRpose

PAWS for a PURRpose is a Texas statewide charitable public art event consisting of 60 beautiful works of art on fiberglass sculptures of the pets we so dearly cherish. Life-size dogs and cats of different sizes, shapes and poses will be included along with two...
Read More

2013: Art for Hope

Nicola Parente donates art work to raise money for Bering Omega Community Services, Art for Hope 2013. To learn more about Bering Omega or to make a donation please Bering Omega dot...
Read More

2011: Nicola Parente Named Cadillac Texas Spirit Honoree

  Producer/Director/DP: Chris Multop Assistant Camera: Davis Atkins Audio: John Lance Editor: Nick Geist
Read More

2011: Artist Nicola Parente selected for a Juried Exhibition Benefitting the Texas-French Alliance for the Arts and Texas Children’s Cancer Center

Forty Texan and French top talents will be represented at the art auction, each competing for the TFAA award. The 2011 TFAA award is a 10 day residency in France or Texas. Selected Artists include: Hillevi Baar, William Betts, Véronique Chalandar, Joseph Cohen, Tara...
Read More

2010: Multiple Sclerosis Art Bike

Discovery Green and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Lone Star present ART BIKE 2010, on view March 22 through April 25 ART BIKE 2010 is a month-long installation of over 20 bikes that have been transformed by local artists to raise awareness of multiple...
Read More

2010: Heart Deco, American Heart Association

Heart Deco Art Exhibit, Raising Awareness for the American Heart Association, May – June 2010 Nicola Parente is one of ten artist chosen to participate in this years Heart Deco Project to raise awareness for the American Heart Association. Grayco Partners and...
Read More

2009: Parente Named Featured Artist for Arthritis Foundation, Art For Arthritis

Arthritis is the #1 cause of disability in the United States, please donate. Benefit Reception and Auction Friday, October 2, 2009 at 7 PM Hotel Inter Continental,...
Read More

CONTACT

STUDIO
WINTER STREET STUDIOS
2101 Winter Street, Studio C-2
Houston, TX 77007
U.S. Studio: 713-922-6327
E-Mail: nicola @ nicolaparente.com

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
SOZO GALLERY 
Hearst Tower
214 N Tryon St
Charlotte NC 28202
Tel. 704- 575-6777‬

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
LAURA RATHE FINE ART 
Dallas Design District
1130 Dragon St., Suite 130
Dallas, Texas 75207
Tel. 214-761-2000

LAURA RATHE FINE ART
Houston Gallery Row
2707 Colquitt St.
Houston, Texas 77098
Tel. 713-527-7700

LAURA RATHE FINE ART 
Post Oak Blvd
1700 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77056
Tel. 713-757-7700

IRMA VALERIO GALERIAS – Mexico
Av. Fernando Villalpando
#212 Centro Histórico, Zacatecas, Zac., México.
Tel. +52.492.924.3777

GET IN TOUCH

1 + 11 =