Simbari, Nicola

(1927 - 2012) Born in San Lucido, Italy in 1927, Simbari's artistic gifts were evident from an early age. He began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome when he was just 13 years old. His talents developed rapidly and he first made his mark with one-man shows in Rome and London in his 20s. They were widely acclaimed and led to his first major commission, the murals for the Italian Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair of 1958. Since then his work has commanded international recognition and there has been a succession of one-man shows in the major cities of Western Europe and North America. He studied art at Accademia delle Belle Arti and has had worldwide artistic representation through Wally Findlay Galleries since 1959. Nicola's unique perspective and style brought life and light to his subject - throughout the Mediterranean and around the world. As the acknowledged "master of the palette knife," Simbari has contributed to the evolution of modern art. Today his timeless style endures. Wally Findlay Galleries mourn his passing and are honored to support his legacy for future generations. Nicola passed peacefully on December 11th, 2012 in Frascati, Italy and is survived by his former wife Elfrida and daughter Jenny. On Island, Simbari showed at the Lobster Pot Gallery.