Nicola Samori (Forlì, 1977). Samorì starts with meticulously produced copies of works by great masters, mostly from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, dominated by the encounter between light and shadow, which he then transforms, infusing them with the troubled spirit of our times. Perforating, scratching or literally peeling off the paint, either abruptly or with painstaking care, he gives rise to new images that are rooted in art history, but express modern torments in a contemporary language. The artist paints on board or canvas, as well as surfaces like copper and semi-precious stones, incorporating these distinctive textures into his pieces. He also produces frescoes and sculptures. Samorì has taken part in the Venice Biennale twice (2015 and 2011). In recent years, he has had solo shows at Palazzo Fava, Bologna (2021); at the Mart in Trento and Rovereto (2020-21); at the Made in Cloister Foundation and at the MANN, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples (2020). He has also had solo exhibitions abroad in institutional spaces such as the Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art in Taiwan, the Neue Galerie in Gladbeck, the Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin and the Kunsthalle in Tübingen. His work was featured in Le Nuove Frontiere della Pittura (2018) and L’Ultima Cena dopo Leonardo (2019), both at the Stelline Foundation.