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Nicolas Africano Works Biography

NICOLAS AFRICANO b.1948
Nicolas Africano is a contemporary American artist whose eclectic body of work melds personal experience with historical references. Showcasing the human condition, he uses text to set narratives for his depictions of theatrically posed figures. Africano is often associated as a New Image artist, a loose historical category which also includes Susan Rothenberg, Neil Jenney, and Robert Longo.
Born in 1948 in Kankakee, Illinois, he wrote poetry from a young age, creating the nontraditional narratives that would later fuel his visual art. After studying at Illinois State University, he began making primitive, large-scale paintings that showcased central figures. More recently, the artist’s work has consisted of making intimate casts and sculptures of his partner Rebecca in various stages of undress.
Africano currently lives and works in Normal, Illinois. His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Exhibitions

2005
Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2002
Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2000
Winston-Wachter Fine Art, Seattle, WA
1999
Weinstein Gallery Minneapolis, MN
1999
Allene LaPides Gallery Santa Fe, NM
1999
Holiday Group Exhibition, Weinstein Gallery Minneapolis, MN
1999
Summer Group Exhibition: Gallery Artists, Winston Wachter Fine Art Seattle, WA
1999
The Art of Craft: Works from the Saxe Collection, M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum San Francisco, CA
1998
Drawings…, Meyerson and Nowinski Art Associates Seattle, WA
1998
Works from the Permanent Collection, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
1998
New Paintings and Drawings, Maya Polsky Gallery Chicago, IL
1998
New Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, Meyerson & Nowinski Art Associates Seattle, WA
1997
A Game of Chance, Printworks Gallery Chicago, IL
1997
New Sculpture and Works on Paper, Maya Polsky Gallery Chicago, IL
1996
Recent Works, Weinstein Gallery Minneapolis, MN
1996
Two Sisters, A Work in Progress, Meyerson and Nowinski Art Associates Seattle, WA
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