One of the concepts that Norberto Spina intends to express with his art is “periphery”. Periphery through time, as in oblivion, and through space, as in loss. But, above all, the periphery, in relation to human social life. In large cities, the identity of the individual can be nullified by anonymity and lack of purpose. However, he sees this as a mirror of the contemporary urban lifestyle, in which each element has its own particular nature, its own interiority, which sometimes leads to a feeling of revelation.
The pictorial practice that Norberto Spina has developed helps him communicate what he sees, feels and believes through the idea of generating both pictorial and plastic abstractions, deeply rooted in reality. His work is created in two main stages: layering, the synthesis of paints, salvaged materials, images or codes, and then subtraction, which comes from scratching with blunt objects and abrasive cards, trampling and consuming the surface. of his paintings. This process is often a long and painful road, where Norberto brings the canvas to its own limits: cutting it, injuring it and healing it. This allows him to work the canvas differently and in a unique way each time.
At the moment Norberto Spina is working on different subjects. First, the concept of injury resulting from the long process of sum and subtraction. Second, the concept of physical and human periphery both in the materials, residues, utensils, and objects he uses to paint, and in the subjects he represents while drawing. Third, the impact of time on things and people. And finally, the idea of stasis, paralysis and abandonment.
2016-2017 Erasmus at the Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2014 - 2017 University Diploma in Painting, Brera Academy, Milan, Italy
2020 Collective exhibition “Fremmenti di storia” with the finalist of the “San Fedele Art Prize” San Fedele Foundation, Milan, Italy
2019 Group exhibition and third prize of the “San Fedele Art Prize” San Fedele Foundation, Milan, Italy
2019 Collective exhibition “Poetiche a Confronto”, MOCA, Brescia, Italy
2019 February-April - Residency at the San Fedele Foundation, Milan, Italy
2018 Winners of the group exhibition "X Premio Nocivelli", Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Giulia, Brescia, Italy
2018 Winner of the second prize of the group exhibition "X Premio Nocivelli", Verolanuova, Brescia, Italy
2017 Finalist of the RomArt Biennale, Stadio di Domiziano, Roma, Italy
2016 Collective exhibition "Via Panizza 4 - INEDITI", Via Panizza 4, Milan, Italy
2016 Finalist "Premio Arte 2016", Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
2016 Group exhibition "Street Dreams", Courtfield Gardens, London, United Kingdom
2016 Collective exhibition "Sketch", Galerie Pisacane Arte, Milan, Italy
2015 Personal exhibition "NOBA WALLS X OREA MALIA", Orea Malià, Milan, Italy
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