Take My Hand, approx. 9 x 9, ink and acrylic on paper, 225.00.jpg

David Nicolato

David has been making and exhibiting his art for over 25 years. As a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, he began his art career in 1996, with small group shows and fashion inspired events.

During the late 1990’s and early 2000’s he achieved local success with municipal arts societies and smaller venues. At that time, his work consisted exclusively of small scaled, semiautomatic ink drawings. After experimenting in abstract painting and larger scaled works, he took several years off to work in the retail industry as a visual manager.

In 2009, David realized that this career choice was less about art and more about numbers and sales. In 2010, he left his job in retail and decided to become an art teacher, while still pursuing his career in fine art. He obtained his certification in 2011 and has been teaching art to children and adults ever since.

In 2011 and 2012, he achieved two solo shows, “Cirque Dystopique” and “Carnevale Meccanica,” at the Hotel Tides Gallery in Asbury Park, a new art and cultural destination at the Jersey Shore. Both bodies of work focused on child development and the darker side of dreams, using the symbol of the popsicle as a canvas for the fluidness of a child’s identity. Both exhibits featured drawings, paintings and mixed media compositions.

In 2013, he was featured at the Metuchen, NJ Gallery at the Rotunda, where he presented a body of work that displayed the oddness and beauty of spiders and oceanic animals and their strange resemblance to extraterrestrial life forms. With “Lo Estraneo e il Polpi,” his direction took a huge turn. Animals were now the principal subject matter and how they were seen and treated was of great concern. This would now be the central focus and message of his art.

In 2016 he became the art teacher at one of Jersey City’s finest private learning institutions, The OLC School. Located in the heart of the Downtown district, where the fine arts scene is centered, this was a great opportunity to reconnect. It allowed him access to their exploding arts scene and and the younger, hipper demographic that would be more appreciative of his Pop Surrealistic style. As a result, he has become an emerging artist in the Jersey City fine arts community where he has been involved in many group shows, two annual festivals and several commissioned murals.