Born on April 1, 1981 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, Nicholas di Genova graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in 2005 and currently lives and works in Toronto.
Influenced by anime, comic books, Otaku culture, and animal compendiums, Di Genova’s work features an encyclopedic range of constructed creatures ranging from soft and nurturing to calculating and military. A vast and intense fabricated history acts as a backdrop to the hundreds of interconnected species, families and rival clans that find themselves projecting their habits, relations and environments to their viewers.
Working with ink and animation paints, Di Genova’s paintings on mylar highlight his skill with line and his ability to manipulate colour. Always intense and intricately executed, Di Genova’s work rivals the quality of any fine art painter while firmly establishing itself on the fringes of contemporary art. The work brings together knowledge of art and design and samples from both fields, resulting in incredible visual and technical impact and an astonishing strong conceptual core which receives respect from both camps, a dichotomy often severely split.
Di Genova has been featured in Canadian Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, numerous online forums, NOW Magazine and EYE Magazine. Genova is represented in Toronto by LE gallery, in New York by Fredericks Freiser Gallery, and has been featured in New York’s Armory Show and in Future Species, curated by David Liss at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Di Genova has been included in exhibitions in New York, Singapore, London and Berlin and appears in publications from Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, and the United States. (bio from LE Gallery)