NICOLÒ CANOVA

I love who breaks the pattern. Maybe that's why I got along with Nicolò right away. 

We are used to see the universe as split into two: on the one hand the logic world, on the other the creative one. As common opinion they are one the reverse of the other. Everybody read at least once about split-brain and the different skills of the two hemispheres: one for intuition, the other for rationality. On cares for art, the other prefers doing the math. One is concrete, the other is mystical.  

In Niccolò's works, and thus in his head, these rules just don't exist. Simple as that.

After high school graduation, Niccolò decided to enrol at the Physics academy, but after few years spent amongst pendulums and equations, he decided quit and answer his call for painting.

He paints and experiments, pouring on canvas his inner world, made of contrasts between warm and cool colours. 

His Instagram feed (@noah_s_ark) is a work of art, very pleasing to the eye: canvases, sketches on pad, self-portraits and ordinary things, everything is a fit subject for art and becomes pure beauty in his hands. 

Red and blue are dominant in his paintings. When we met, I asked him how he chooses colours, but he told me that it's not a matter of choice. It's more about gut. If he picks out one colour it's because in that moment he couldn't choose another one. He can't find a clear explanation. 

There is a quite remarkable detail when Niccolò talks about his art: he didn't never really give up on maths. 

Even if he mainly paints people, they are always tangled with geometric figures or broken down in patterns that refer to some Cartesian plots. In this way, each formula gains an unexpected emotional charge. 

“Valore Assoluto” ("Absolute Value") is my favourite one: a man divided up into sections blocks, each of different thickness. 

Valore assoluto 

In maths, the absolute value is the distance between the number and the origin, without considering the positive nor negative significance, only taken for its magnitude as a vector. 

I believe that each one of us could tell apart his own different pieces, like tiles that build up our personality. 

And it would be great if we could consider ourselves and others as absolute values, reserving all judgements, without labelling flaws and virtues, treating these features for what they really are: unique and essential pieces of the whole unique and essential person. 

Through his paintings, Nicolò challenges common conventions and proves that logic and creativity merge and blend together. 

What I see in these works is a kind invitation to use brain. All of it. 

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