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Nicola Carignani

1978 Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy

3 Works exhibited

Current location

Milan, Italy

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bibliography

Nicola Carignani was born in 1978 in Pietrasanta, Italy. As a teenager, he got rescued by the hard-core punk scene from a bourgeois, middle-class upbringing. He started meeting people from different walks of life and got to know more interesting circles, like skateparks, live concerts and the British magazine culture.

Right after high school, he developed a strong passion for contemporary art, photography and publishing. Between 1998 and 1999, during his photography studies, he took numerous workshops with artists like Martin Parr and Nick Waplington. In 2000 he concluded his Three Year Photography Program at Studio Marangoni in Florence. Still in school, he founded Boiler Magazine, an innovative contemporary art magazine.

Boiler ran smoothly until 2004 when Nicola was struck by a sudden urge for a mystical experience. Nicola decided to leave and meditate at a Buddhist monastery in Ceylon and he then arrived in India at the Osho commune, where he stayed much longer than expected. Coming back to Italy to work as a photographer he needed a new sparkle which he found in experimentation. Fashion, portraiture and sports culture all blend into the mix that defines the unique style of his images, all containing the same dose of cheekiness, elegance, irony and wildness.   

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2016   
“Obtainium”, Expowall Gallery, Italy, critic text by Ivanmaria Vele
2013    
“Obtainium”, Galeria La Plataforma, Barcelona, critic text by Ivanmaria Vele
“Obtainium”, Galleria Margini Arte Cotemporanea, Pietrasanta, curated by Enrico Mattei
2004    
“Born Again”, Galleria Nicola Ricci Arte Contemporanea, Pietrasanta, curated by Fabiola Naldi
2002    
“Steal and Burn”, Studio Ercolani, Bologna, curated by Chiara Leoni
2000    
“Elective Affinities”, BIG Torino, Torino, curated by Nicoletta Leonardi

Expowall published a catalog of the exhibition Obtainium printed in 350 copies, each one signed and numbered and available for the price of 40 euro. The book collects all the pictures of the project and tells the story of Nicola’s journey.

Also, the book is an upcycle’s project, in fact, each is different because made of different recycled materials.

EDITORIALS:

British GQ
Vogue Japan
L’Optimum
Mr. Porter
ICON
Rolling Stone
Vice
GQ Italia
Vanity Fair
Vogue Sport
i-D
IL
WAD
Sportweek
Riders
Sportswear International
Neo2
The Ride

Works by Nicola Carignani

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2009

60 x 60 cm

700,00 €

2009

50 x 40 cm

480,00 €

2009

30 x 45 cm

420,00 €

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