LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Nicola Bertellotti was born in Pietrasanta in 1976. After studying History at the University of Pisa he begins to travel the world trying to rediscover the past glory of forgotten places. What emerges in his aesthetic is the nostalgia for lost paradise, expressed in the love for ruins, and the photographic re-presentation of decadent poetics. Self-taught, he takes his pictures in natural light using a medium format digital camera. Since 2013 he has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In 2014 he was invited to the Textile Museum of Busto Arsizio to inaugurate the European Photographic Festival with Damnatio Memoriae, a series of views that investigate the romantic concept of the sublime. In 2016, inspired by the French landscape architect Gilles Clément, he realizes a new project on the undecided spaces that are on the margins, outside the maps of Italy, which will culminate in the personal Hic Sunt Dracones at Castel dell'Ovo in Naples. In the same year the Limen Museum of Contemporary Art in Vibo Valentia enriches the collection with Blue Eye, one of his works. In 2018 he won the Moscow Photo Awards in the architecture section and was a finalist in the Arteam Cup and Urban Photo Awards. In 2019 the Pärnu Museum in Estonia dedicates the exhibition The Great Beauty to him, the photographer's homage to the great Italian abandoned beauty. In 2020 he won the Festival del Tempo International Competition and the Prospettiva Riuso contest. In 2021 he exhibited for the first time in the United States, the Estella Gallery in New Orleans hosts a selection of shots of his last Grand Tour in search of modern ruins: Paradise Lost - The beauty of imperfection. Among the group shows he participated in : Draumur, Zenzero Art Gallery in Lugano in 2016; Requiem, Mirabilia Art Gallery in Rome in 2019; Remember Rekorda, Contemporary Cluster in Rome in 2020; Tutto in un abbraccio, Sensi Arte Gallery in Colle di Val d'Elsa in 2021. His works are present in various public and private collections and have appeared in prestigious magazines, including: Esquire, Arte, Artedossier, Elle Decor, Lampoon , Bild, Daily Mail, Milieu Magazine. In 2014 he published the photographic volume Fenomenologia della fine, for the Petrartedizioni publishing house.
Current exhibitions: "Sipario" at the Leonesia Foundation in Puegnago sul Garda (Brescia Photo Festival)
WHO I AM
I travel the world and explore the boundaries of beauty, decay, nostalgia and neglect.
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