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.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

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,...
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Nicola Parente Creates video/painting installation for Dominic Walsh Dance Theaters “Terminus”, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Zilkha Hall

Three programs in one evening: Join Dominic Walsh Dance Theater for the “first course” of our season… the centerpiece of this tantalizing mixed rep program is the Texas premiere of an intense excerpt from 27’52” by icon Jirí Kylián. Kylián is considered to be...
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Artists Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland design an Artistic Bus Shelter for Houston METRO

Leadership Houston XXXII partnered with METRO to create four artistic bus stops with the theme “Houston, City of Opportunity”. Artists Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland were chosen amongst over 100 entries to design a METRO bus shelter. Parente and...
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Artist Nicola Parente’s Site Specific Art Installation “Colony Collapse” Brings Unique Awareness to Declining Honey Bee Population

“If the bees disappear, mankind would have only 4 more years of life.”           – Einstein   Houston-based artist Nicola Parente combines his keen artistic vision with his concern for the earth’s delicate ecosystems in his new work entitled Colony...
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NEWS | UPCOMING

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...

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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...

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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...

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BIO | EXHIBITIONS | COLLECTIONS | PRESS

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
  • 2016     Poet Trees, site specific interactive installation, Writers in the Schools, Buffalo Bayou Park & East End Foundation, 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
  • 2011/12 Al Borde del Despertar, Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez, Zacatecas Mexico (Catalog)
  • 2010     Terminus, Video/Painting Installation, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Houston TX
  • 2011     In the Light, Serenade Art House, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • 2010     Edge of Awakening, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX
  • 2009/10 Natural Recyclers, outdoor installation at Art League Houston, Houston TX (two person exhibition)
  • 2009     Wasted Resolve, site specific gallery installation, Art League Houston, Houston TX (two person exhibition)
  • 2008     Journey, Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston TX
  • 2008     Terminus, E_Merging II, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Houston TX (featured artist, set & costume design for ballet “Terminus”)
  • 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

 

  • 2016     Rorpost, An International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition, Art Car Museum and City Hall, Houston TX
  • 2016     Rorpost, An International Art Energy Collaboration Exhibition, City Hall and Arier Gammeltorv at UXSyd, Esbjerg Denmark
  • 2015     596 Miles, The International Woman’s Foundation, Marfa TX
  • 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 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 (invitational exhibition)
  • 2011     Texan-French Alliance for the Arts, Houston TX (juried exhibition, Catherine D. Anspon: Social and Fine Arts Editor, Paper City, Bill Arning: Director, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Dominique Chastes: Project Manager, TFAA Paris, France, Alison Greene: Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Toby Kamps: Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection, Marc Pottier: Curator and Art Advisor, Paris, France, Claudia Schmuckli: Director and Chief Curator, Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Wendy Watriss: Artistic Director, Fotofest)
  • 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 Francisco Museum 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 TX
  • 2009     Italian Style Expo, Featured Artist, Houston TX
  • 2009     Transparent/Translucent, University of Texas Art Gallery Museum, San Antonio TX (Wade Wilson, Curator)
  • 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 County 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 (Curated by George Marx)
  • 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

 

  • Manuel Felguérez Museum of Abstract Art, Zacatecas, Mexico
  • University of Houston, Energy Research Park
  • Apache Corporation, USA
  • Superior Energy Services
  • Tam International, USA
  • Transwestern, Houston TX
  • JW Marriott, Houston TX
  • The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco CA
  • The Fairmont Hotel, Dallas TX
  • Hilton Austin Convention Center, Austin TX
  • Haiku Home by Big Ass Fans, USA
  • Precision Drilling USA
  • Oasis Petroleum,
  • Kanaly Trust, Houston TX
  • Banco Santander, Spain
  • Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, Austin TX
  • Parker Drilling Company
  • Boston Consulting Group, Houston TX
  • Pride International
  • Accenture, Houston TX
  • Vestas Technology
  • Burford & Maney L.L.P., Houston TX
  • METRO, Houston TX
  • Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston TX
  • Mann Eye Institute, Houston TX
  • Serenade Restaurant, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Neo’s Architects, Houston TX
  • Triad Resources, Houston TX
  • Bailey’s American Grille, Seabrook, TX
  • Palantir Capital Management, Houston TX
  • Vineyard on the Square, Sugarland 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)
AWARDS AND HONORS

 

  • 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 – 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)
PRESS

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2016

2015

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

2014

  • Visualseen, Published in France in collaboration with Texas French Arts Alliance and the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston, 2014 (featured artist)
  • “Style Makers, Fluid Motion Nicola Parente”, Luxe Interiors + Design, Texas, Summer 2014
  • Florez Alvarez, Olivia, “Best of Houston, Rest of the Best 2014: Houston’s Top 10 Painters”, Houston Press, July 3, 2014
  • “On Our Radar, the Year of Public Art”, 002houston Magazine, Houston, July 2014
  • “Best of the City, Top Five: Ones to watch in ’14”, Modern Luxury Houston, January 2014

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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

TEACHING | PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION

Teaching Experience:

  • 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:

Avenue CDC (Community Development Corporation), Houston, Board of Trustees

Greater Northside Management District, Tour de Northside 2014 Planning Committee

Go Culture 2014-15, Committee Member

Art Colony Association, Houston, Board of Trustees (President, Vice-President, Secretary,)

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

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

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

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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...
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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...
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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...
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2011: Nicola Parente Named Cadillac Texas Spirit Honoree

  Producer/Director/DP: Chris Multop Assistant Camera: Davis Atkins Audio: John Lance Editor: Nick Geist
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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CONTACT

WINTER STREET STUDIOS
2101 Winter Street, Studio 15
Houston, TX 77007

Studio U.S.: 713.922-6327
E-Mail: nicola @ nicolaparente.com

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
GREMILLION &CO FINE ART
2501 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77005
Tel. 713.522.2701

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

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