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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”
By Olivia Flores Alvarez,
July 3, 2014


Italian-born abstract expressionist Nicola Parente may have the distinction of being the only artist on our list to have designed sets for a ballet; he worked with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Terminus. But then Parente has made a career out of creating art in unexpected ways. Not only does he paint, he designs textiles, creates sculpture, works in installations (including one curated by Michael Crowder and David A. Brown for the experimental art space micro scope 1824), he’s worked with the Bayou City Arts Festival (as vice president on the board of directors), Writers in School (on the outreach committee) and with the Winter and Spring Street Studios’ artist advisory board (he has his studio in the complex). We especially like his over-sized paintings. Read Full Article.



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Seven Selected Artists Curated by Nicola Parente and Kelly Kindred at Hyde Park Gallery



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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. 


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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.


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Nicola Parente Featured in Modern Luxury Houston, Best of the City, # 1 Artist to Watch in 2014

  Modern Luxury Houston, Best of the City issue, names Nicola Parente as number 1 artist in “Top Five: Ones to Watch in 2014″.  Also on the top five list are Francesca Fuchs, Kevin Peterson, Fariba Abedin and Marco Villegas. The January issue “welcome to ’14 the most fascinating city in America.”

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This Years Selected Artist to Host Art on the Avenue’s Preview Party is Nicola Parente

 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 experiences and more

Avenue CDC’s mission is to improve our community by developing affordable housing and economic opportunities, while preserving our area’s cultural, economic, and historic diversity. “To meet the tremendous need for quality affordable housing, Avenue CDC develops homes for purchase and rental. We provide homebuyer education and counseling to help working families buy and maintain their own homes. We promote economic development and offer supportive services such as computer labs and after-school programs that enrich the lives of individuals and families we serve.”

Kimberly Davenport, Director of the Rice University Museum, agreed to jury a portion of this years Art on the Avenue show. She selected approximately 40 pieces (from over 400 work submitted) to be hung in the main gallery during the event. Nicola Parente’s piece was amongst those pieces selected from Davenport.

This year’s raffle includes a framed print from acclaimed British print master Damien Hirst. Art on the Avenue is supported by dynamic Houston community leaders including Honorary Chairman Steve Stephens, President of Amegy Bank, and Mayor Annise Parker, who serves as an Honorary Committee member.

To purchase tickets please visit

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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.


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“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

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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 PURRpose, benefiting the Texas Humane Legislation Network and the South Texas College of Law Animal Law Clinic, is a statewide charitable public art event and auction consisting of 60 unique fiberglass sculptures (a sampling of which will be on display) of the pets we so dearly cherish. Artfully painted dog and cat sculptures of various sizes, shapes and poses will be included. Allison has selected many of the top artists in Texas to participate in this event. Many of these artists are museum-collected, and all were selected because of their unique style and prominence in the art world.

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Artist Nicola Parente’s Site Specific Art Installation “Colony Collapse” Brings Unique Awareness to Declining Honey Bee Population

Photo by Aaron Courtland


“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 Collapse. This site-specific installation of over 2700 recycled brown paper bags lined from floor to ceiling results in a man-made honeycomb. Parente’s creation is an intricate display of organic volume, combined with sound and projection of a bee colony inside the tiny 8x10ft space of Micro Scope 1824, an experimental art space at Spring Street Studios.


     The project began buzzing on March 20th and will be on exhibit through May 2013. With this installation Parente aims to make the viewer more aware of the worldwide decline of bee colonies and open a dialogue about the importance of a pesticide-free food chain. According to Parente, “bees play a vital role in a wide variety of ecosystems as pollinators and the bee population is an important part of our evolutionary chain… I hope everyone who experiences this exhibition will walk away with an awareness and be inspired to do their part in making sure of the bee’s survival”.


     Bees provide massive economic benefits to human society, both through the production of honey and, even more importantly, the pollination of a large variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and flower crops. The economic value of honeybees in the U.S. alone has been estimated at $8-12 billion. Over 3 million colonies of bees have died in the USA since 2006 and over a thousand millions of bees have died in this period in the world.


     Born in Mola di Bari, Italy in 1966, 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. Most recently, Parente was the featured artist in the Bayou Review, a literary and visual arts journal published by the University of Houston Downtown. 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. The artist’s work is represented in Houston by Gremillion & Co., Fine Art.


The micro scope project, an Invest in Houston venture curated by David A. Brown and Michael Crowder, is all about experimental spaces for installation-based work. The first project site, micro scope 1824, is located at Spring Street Studios -1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX 77007.  The 8×10 ft space will be the site of several more experimental installations this year from artists including Ian Anderson, Mark Masterson and Monica Vidal.


Opening Artist Reception - Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM - the microscope 1824 located at Spring Street Studios (MAP) - Viewing hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM through May 31, 2013


Press on Colony Collapse:

Keogh, Madeleine, “Artist: Nicola Parente” H-Town Art, A study of Art and Artists in Houston Texas, July 12, 2013

Deliso, Meredith, “Capsule Art Reviews: Colony Collapse”, Arts, Houston Press, May 15, 2013

Anspon, Catherine D., “Bee’s Knees”, Paper City, Home + Art Issue, Houston, May 2013

Deliso, Meredith, “Capsule Art Reviews: “Alissa Blumenthal: A Small Retropsective,” “Colony Collapse,” Eric Fischl: Cast & Drawn,” “Janice Jakielski: Constructing Solitude,” “Unwoven Light””, Houston Press, May 1, 2013

Deliso, Meredith, “Behind the Buzz at Spring Street Studios”, Visual Arts, Houston Press, April 16, 2013

Editors, “Buzz of the town: The Nicola Parente Art Opening”, The WITS Blog, April 10, 2013

Glentzer, Molly, “Colony Collapse creates big buzz in small space”, Houston Chronicle, Zest, April 7, 2013

Radley, Witney, “Sticking up for the bees: Artist painstakingly brings attention to Colony Collapse Disorder”, CultureMap, April 6, 2013

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