Nicoletta Veronesi‘s art work is characterized by the exploration of traditional and non-traditional media through her original use of color and her continuously different expressive forms: photography, painting, collage, artist’s books and objects. The artist operates with absolute freedom: abstract and figurative work alternate and overlap without any preoccupation of belonging. Nicoletta Veronesi’ s vocabulary is variety: it‘s the integrating quality of her work. She never ties herself to a style and she doesn’t allow herself to be limited by a specific cliché. As Marcel Duchamp said: “Most people stop and give themselves a style, for some there isn’t ever a break”.
Born in Milan, after her degree in Political Sciences at The Milan State University, she moved to New York City in 1975 and studied painting at The Art Students League. During ten vibrant years living in New York, Nicoletta Veronesi worked at both figurative and abstract painting on big format canvases and photographs, initially Polaroid and then Cibachrome. In 1986 she has been invited by collector Jacques Hachuel to work in Madrid where she had her first one-man show at Moriarty Gallery.
She lived in Madrid for 8 years, producing commission work and pursuing her own research.
She now lives between Milan and New York.
Her work has been on display in collective and personal exhibitions in New York, Spain, and Italy. Part of her art production was acquired by the borrowing institutions or private collectors.
(John Weber Gallery, NY)
"Enchanted images" is the way I would define this work of Nicoletta Veronesi, seducing and intriguing images, images that fascinate and unsettle, as it happens when we encounter the world of fairy tales. And it is in this world that Nicoletta Veronesi's work transports us, a world that she brings to life using different techniques and styles of painting and photography, whether she enhances the dramatic and expressionistic dimension of color and its contrasts or she uses the pallor of grey and muted colours or black and white in their absoluteness. She brings us in the fairytale world, in the most ancient form of storytelling, in which everything holds and binds, connects and manifests. It has nothing to do with the world of childhood, but with that dark and unsettling of the origins, of the rites of passage, where life and death are together and pierce one into the other. The dreamlike dimension that appears in many of her works is conveyed by water. Water creates the double: it expands and it fades the image in the reflection. The depth of the water's reflection does not just reproduce, but it leads us, with its being vague, in the infinity of the sign and in its elusiveness, in its magic and enchanted deception. It creates an experience of transition, somewhere in between dream and reality...
(epystemologist and writer)
"...Veronesi’s whole work has, in my view, a narrative character and course. The titles are indicative in this respect: "The guardian of the river", "The escaped", "Fairy", "The elves dance in the winter" A symbolic world, expressed with visual metaphors that could very well translate into poetic lines. "The guardian of the river," a woman / goddess and queen erects herself as a guardian of the water, of which is evoked the preciousness.
It is the water of a great and vast river; the immersion of the goddess is not total, it almost suggests a birth by emerging, maintaining the contact with the salvific and ancestral element carrier of life. The mastery of digital technology is clear, but the risk of a detachment from reality is averted by the use of some wool and silk fibers that Veronesi inserts in her composition so that it becomes the weave of the surface. It’s a recall to a never abandon manual practice, which is nourished and delighted by a domestic feeling...
ONE MAN SHOWS
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY — 1977-1979
Research collaboration and doctoral thesis with Dr. Annie Bergman: "Art as a means of communication with autistic children" (Preschool age group)
THE NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY-NEW YORK-1979-1981
Italian language teaching through the creation of my own textbook: images and personal stories (adolescents and adults)
IN MY OWN ART STUDIO-MILANO-1993-2000)
Art workshops for children (ceramics, mosaic, jewelery, autobiographical booklets)
Teacher of the intensive "Creative Embroidery" course: https://vimeo.com/97552959 https://vimeo.com/20678968
For "TAM TAM, an extreme school" http://www.tam-tam-tam.org/
Design and teaching of the "Naturelli" workshop: Creation of jewels with the elements of nature.
SOLARIS (CAMPHILL)-HUDSON NY-2014
Within SOLARIS http://www.camphillhudson.org/solaris.html creation and design of design objects and jewelery with hadicapped residents. The work is later sold in the Warren Street-Hudson-NY association store
SCUOLE e TRIENNALE di MILANO-2015
TOYSSIMI with TAM TAM http://www.tam-tam-tam.org/
100 children and 100 designers. Design and execution of toys with elementary school children.
Il Pio Albergo Trivulzio, http://www.iltrivulzio.it/home.html for over two centuries it has been the nursing home for the poorer and elderly of Milan. Design and implementation of the project "The Game of the giant Goose". (Creation of a maxi tableau of the game of goose and application of hand colored drawings by the elderly. Original drawings by Nicoletta Veronesi)
PANE QUOTIDIANO - MILANO - 2018-2019
With TAM TAMand for Pane Quotidiano http://panequotidiano.eu/ an art project for the children of the users of the Bread Onlus Association:
https://www.facebook.com/tamtamspecieprotette/ - (Vedi pagina facebook)
NEUROPSICHIATRIA INFANTILE - ASST BERGAMO-2019
IL GIARDINO DELLE MERAVIGLIE: Permanent installations and works of art in the park of the psychiatric institution of Bergamo: creation of a dynamic and stimulating journey.
My work of art: "The bench of desires" (mosaic), https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Aaf9ffaa9-0458-4f17-aa96-9d1886ea5f82
ART RESIDENCY - 2018-2019
Initiation to the world of creativity. In my studio in the south of Italy I offer week ends or weeks of art residency where I
extrapolate the artist which is in all of us
CREATIVE WORSHOPS: 2010-2019
WORKING WITH NATURE
State University of Milan -1974-1978: Doctorate in Political Sciences and Social Psychology
Stony BrookUniversity- Stony Brook-NYS-1977-1978: Graduate school of social studies
The Art Students League-New York-1978-1980