Norberto Nicola
A painter and tapestry artist, from 1953 to 1958, Nicola was a member of Abstração Atelier of São Paulo, organized by Samson Flexor. With Jacques Douchez, also a former member of Flexor's atelier, he founded in 1959 the Douchez-Nicola Tapestry Atelier, which remained in activity until 1978.

With the emergence of Abstração Atelier, Flexor systematically introduced geometric abstractionism in Brazil. Like Douchez, Nicola fully joined this new trend, sensing the new worldwide directions of visual arts and following, since 1957, the path of artistic tapestry. And, with the creation of the groundbreaking Douchez-Nicola Tapestry Atelier, the place became a hub for dissemination and renewal of textile art in Brazil.

In the 1970's, both Nicola and Douchez got close to the New Tapestry movement and started to conquer three-dimensional space. Key figures in this period were the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanovicz and the Yugoslav artist Jagoda Buic, who was awarded the Grand Prize of the 13th São Paulo Biennial in 1975. In this way, Nicola joined the most contemporary and surprising trends that revolutionized traditional tapestry.

Throughout the 1990's and in subsequent years, Norberto Nicola kept creating at his independent studio, located in the same building that had once housed the joint atelier. In counterpoint to the works of Douchez, Nicola chose a freer path in his researches and, having been one of the most important collectors of Indian feather art, he used this reference in the design of his textile art.

The works of Norbert Nicola, as well as those of Jacques Douchez, in every case perfectly crafted after extensive research, were instrumental for the current resumption of researches involving woven forms and the limits of the artistic object.

(summary based on the biography signed by the curator Denise Mattar extracted from the book "NORBERTO NICOLA - ACTIVE TRAMA")




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