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

Musings of Radiance, Acrylic, ink, charcoal powder on panel. 28.5" x 36.5"

Musings of Radiance,
Acrylic, ink, charcoal powder on panel.
28.5″ x 36.5″

In Nicola Parente’s recent body of work entitled Musings of the Human Condition, Parente explores the relationships between painting and living. According to Parente, “Daydreaming into the layers of human subconscious is much like my reductive abstract painting process. First the layers of paint are applied, only to be subsequently stripped of that which is not necessary. The process itself is like a dream, letting go into the world of creation, resulting in musings depicted in paint. Reducing layers of paint combined with mark making achieves beauty, just as growth and discernment results in living authentically. Each is a process of development. Vitality, energy, and nature are connected to my daydreaming. Inspired by a different aspect of the human condition, each painting captures a unique daydream as a moment in time.”



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 other museums throughout Mexico including Mexico City. This exhibit is in conjunction with the museums 100 year anniversary.

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 Sawyer Yards. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was paired with artist Nicola Parente. Other Houston celebrity / artist pairs include: Rod Ryan / Taft McWhorter, Sculptor David Adickes / Justin Garcia, Former Mayor Annise Parker / Michael Golden, Artist Sharon Kopriva / Chris Silkwood, Bill Baldwin / Patrick Palmer, and KPRC2’s Frank Billingsley / April Murphy.

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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, 2017. Visit the Houston Haiku Home and Big Ass Fans Showroom at 1224 N Post Oak Rd #120, Houston, TX 77055 Phone: (855) 651-3061

Parente’s designed fan available through the showroom or on their website.

This exhibition is also made possible with the support of Gremillion & Co Fine Art, contact Harwood Taylor or Trish McClanahan Matute,  Phone:713-522-2701 to view Parente’s artwork in person.

Haiku Home Parente Designed Ceiling Fan

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

Art Trek Catalog


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 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. The 2017 artists include: Nicola Parente, James Ciosek, Jon Clark, Dylan Conner, Noah Edmundson, Yuliya Lanina, Zak Miano, and Randall Mosman. March – December 2017 (Click on image to view Catalog)

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, 2016. Art Car Museum Hours Wednesday though Sunday 11-6pm.

Opening reception: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7 – 10 PM, 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, Tx 77007, USA.

Artists Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland design an Artistic Bus Shelter for Houston METRO

“Flower of Life” Art Design Installation created by Nicola Parente and Aaron Courtland.
The shelter is located at Stella Link @ Cheena Drive

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 Courtland’s collaborative “Flower of Life”  is a permanent bus shelter located at Stella Link Road @ Cheena Drive.  

According to Parente and Courtland “The flower of life, a sacred geometry symbol represents what Houston is all about. Opportunity and growth is all around us. Whether you’re native or a transplant, Houston welcomes all. This welcoming attitude is what makes Houston such a diverse city. The culture of Houston is ever-evolving which leads to opportunity, hence the flower of life.” Art Consultant Michele LaRocco (Your Art Girl) was instrumental in the art selection process. Other chosen artists include Syd Moen and Kelly Devine.

Parente to Showcase Etchings at Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair

Bringing Publishers, Printmakers and University Print Programs from the state of Texas to show at Flatbed Press for two days.

The FLATBED CONTEMPORARY PRINT FAIR, working in conjunction with PRINT Austin 2014, will provide a venue for printmakers and print publishers to showcase work to the public and give printmaking demonstrations. Printmakers, print publishers and university print programs from the state of Texas will be on hand to apply to represent their work and programs through a print fair format.

Nicola Parente is prominently featured in the exhibition Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair 2014 at the Flatbed Press and Gallery in Austin, Texas. The exhibition showcases the great range of printmaking techniques in practice today, from traditional woodcuts to complex monotypes and hybrid prints. The show is presented in conjunction with Burning Bones Press and PrintAustin 2014 and features Parente’s etchings, Pelagico 6:53 AM,  Pelagico 2:42 PM and Pelagico 7:27 PM, (pictured above) curated by master print maker Patrick Masterson.

Reductive Abstract Artist Nicola Parente’s “Pelagico” Solo Exhibition Opens at Gremillion & Co Fine Art on Oct 18

Opening Reception: Friday October 18, 2013, 6-8PM
Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Inc.
2501 Sunset Blvd. Houston, Texas 77005
Tel 713-522-2701

Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment

“I need the sea because it teaches me.” – Pablo Neruda

Nicola Parente has long been captivated by the lessons offered by the sea. From his childhood home on the southern Italian shores of the Adriatic Sea to his life now on the Texas Gulf Coast, Parente has been shaped and inspired by his experience of the sea. In his new series of reductive abstract paintings entitled Pelagico, Parente beckons the observer to consider both the sea that lies within and the expanse of sea that brings life to the world.

The paintings in this vibrant series capture the paradox of the sea that may be observed as, at once, contemplative calm and wild abandon. Parente’s use of negative space and a ground of white draws the observer into the experience of serenity, while his introduction of undulating black lines and flashes of brilliant blues and iridescent greens bring forceful energy and movement to his work.

“Pelagico celebrates the deep connection that the sea makes with all inhabitants of our planet,” according to Parente. “Water is essential for life. While some may view the seas as boundaries that separate, I see connection. The water that spans the globe touches and unites the shorelines of all the continents. The seas are shared in common with all, connecting and sustaining all life,” says Parente.

“Intervals” 2013 features prestigious artists Nicola Parente, Maria Cristina Jadick, Tudor Mitroi, and Masaru Takiguchi at Lone Star College Kingwood Fine Art Gallery

Intervals Exhibition, A quartet of artists meet to share unique visions through painting, sculpture, and installation work at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s art exhibit, “Intervals 2013.”

Maria Cristina Jadick, Tudor Mitroi, Nicola Parente and Masaru Takiguchi will display recent works in the college’s Fine Arts Gallery from Oct. 10 to Nov. 6.

An open house with refreshments will be held on Oct. 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the gallery, followed by four artist talks Oct. 17 from 12:30-2 p.m.

“We are excited to display work by highly respected artists/educators,” said Kris Larson, gallery director. “‘Intervals coincides with U.S. Citizenship Week’s city-wide ceremonies and celebrations. What better time to see art that addresses opportunities found here, where yesterday’s dream and today’s choice meet.”

LSC-Kingwood’s Fine Arts Gallery, located in the Performing Arts Center, is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information on “Intervals 2013,” call 281-312-1534 or email