About

Diana Nicosia, a Euro-American artist, spent her formative years in Boston where she attended Mass College of Art (merit scholarship), Colby Sawyer College and Wheaton College.   Upon completion of advanced work in a private atelier comprising the Boston School of Realism,  Ms. Nicosia moved to Capri land and then to Tuscany.  She currently resides in Boston and southern Florida with frequent visits to Italy.

Nicosia’s new collection of encaustic works, Roman Paradise:  The Garden Series, is inspired by the antique Roman frescoes of Livia Drusilla, wife of Emperor Augustus and mother of Tiberius.  Nicosia’s modern fresco can be gold, pink, red, or blue, but the unnatural texture provides the subject of the painting with an icon-like backdrop, evoking an aloof and timeless atmosphere.

Nicosia’s newest series focuses on the Italian World Heritage site: “Venice and the Lagoon” is in development.

While a former trustee of the Foundation for Ethnobiology, Oxford College, England, Nicosia witnessed first-hand the environmental degradation of the at-risk Amazon Rainforest.  The result:  she captured the eco-drama years before melting polar caps were on our collective consciousness.  Diana Nicosia, is again focused on the environment.   A new series about Venice and the lagoon, a World Heritage Site, is currently in development.  

Diana Nicosia’s paintings represent the apex of discovery, Roman tradition, and refinement

The Collections featured on this site are for sale and span the artist’s career, a visual record of her remarkable journey. Inquiries welcome.

Ms. Nicosia maintains studios in Boston and Gulf Stream, Florida.  For twenty years she lived and painted in Tuscany.  As an artist, she has realized significant distinction on the international scene, her work having been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Washington, D.C., London, Sao Paulo, Kuwait City and Rome.

She has been honored with rare invitations to paint private grounds few artists ever see. The Trustees of Versailles requested that she paint at Claude Monet’s Giverny and the government of Kuwait invited Nicosia to paint and exhibit her series “Tides of War:  The Oil Fires of Kuwait”.  She exhibited at The Gainsborough House in England and, at the behest of the Vatican, painted the private Papal Gardens. The family of Sir Winston Churchill invited her to paint on the grounds of Chartwell, Sir Winston Churchill’s beloved country estate overlooking the Weald of Kent.

Ms. Nicosia is the first artist to receive the Italian government’s Terzo Mellenio Award in recognition of her “Vatican Images” exhibition.  She was invited to paint “the passionate drama of the evolving status of the jungle: by the Brazilian Ambassador to London, Paulo Tarso Flecha de Lima and the Smithsonian Institution, resulting in her acclaimed series depicting the violence and destruction against the Brazilian Rainforest which was exhibited in Sao Paulo, London, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Her most recent collection, encaustic paintings or "fragments" inspired by ancient Roman frescoes, are reminiscent of the ancient frescoes of an imaginary paradise garden were in the home of Livia Drusilla, the wife of Emperor Augustus, the first emperor of Rome.

 

MUSEUM COLLECTION

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York, NY
  • Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Intrepid SEA • AIR • SPACE Museum, New York, NY

 

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Invited by Sir Winston Churchill’s family to paint at Chartwell, England
  • Invited by the Vatican to paint the private Papal Gardens
  • Invited by the Government of Kuwait to paint “Tides of War: The Oil Fires of Kuwait”
  • First Artist to receive the Terzo Millenio award from the Italian Consulate in New York City
  • Trustee of The Foundation for Ethnobiology, Oxford College, England
  • Invited by Brazilian government to photograph and paint the rainforest at the Smithsonian
  • Institution’s project in the Amazon
  • Invited by Trustees of Versailles to paint at Claude Monet’s Giverny, France
  • Appeared on “Today Show” featuring painting donated to the Massachusetts Society of
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Children

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • M Fine Art Galerie, Palm Beach, FL., 20018, 2019
  • St. Botolph Club, Boston, 2015
  •  Janis Aldridge Inc., Nantucket, 2013         
  • Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, FL. 2012 (twelve week retrospective show)
  • DCOTA, Dania FL, 2012
  • Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach,  FL. 2012 (twelve week show)
  • New River Fine Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2011
  • Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Palm Beach, FL.  2011 
  • The Phillips Point Club by the Breakers, Palm Beach, FL  2010
  • David Findlay Gallery, New York, NY, 2009 
  • Philips Galleries, Palm Beach, FL 2008 
  • The Vault Gallery, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, 2007, Boston, MA
  • Beyond Decor Fine Arts Gallery, Palm Beach, FL 2007
  • The Ritz – Carlton Hotel, 2006, 2007, New York, NY
  • The Ritz – Carlton Hotel, Marina Del Ray, CA, 2006
  • Beyond Decor Fine Arts Gallery, Palm Beach, FL 2006
  • The Ritz – Carlton Hotel, 2005, 2004, New York, NY
  • Comenos Fine Arts, 2003, Boston, Ma
  • Gasan Gallery, 2002, Seoul, S. Korea
  • Congro Gallery, 2002, Seoul, S. Korea
  • Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 1999, New York, NY
  • The Vault Gallery, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, 1998, Boston, MA
  • Al-Funoon Gallery, Dhahiat Abdulla Al-Salem, 1997, Kuwait
  • National US—Arab Chamber of Commerce, 1997, Washington, DC
  • The Union League Club, 1996, New York, NY
  • La Voile Rouge, 1994, Miami Beach, FL
  • Gainsborough’s House, 1993, Sudbury, UK
  • Rougham Estate, 1993, Bury St., Edmunds, UK
  • The Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, 1993, Palm Beach, FL
  • Ergane Gallery, 1992, New York, NY
  • Roy Miles Gallery, 1992, London, UK
  • Rochan Gallery, 1991, Belgravia, London, UK
  • Third Avenue Gallery, 1991, Denver, CO
  • Nicole C. Gallery, 1990, Boston, MA
  • Sandra Higgins Fine Arts, 1990, London, UK
  • The World Trade Center, 1990, Boston, MA
  • The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 1990, Boston, MA
  • Gallery on the Square, 1989, San Francisco, CA
  • The Oliver Building, 1989, Boston, MA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • M Fine Arts Galerie, Boston, MA, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • St. Botolph Club Biennial Member Show, 2009 
  • Beyond Decor Fine Arts Gallery, “Timeless Icons”, 2006, Palm Beach, FL
  • Mara-a-Lago, 2006, Palm Beach
  • Nantucket Preservation Trust Showhouse, 2005, Nantucket, MA
  • Beyond Decor Fine Arts Gallery, 2006, Palm Beach, FL
  • The National Arts Club, 2003, The Twelfth Annual Roundtable Exhibition, New York, NY
  • Intrepid SEA • AIR • SPACE Museum, 1999, New York, NY
  • The Society For The Formative Arts, 14th International Biennial, 1996, Kuwait
  • Sherri French Gallery, 1993, Palm Beach, FL 
  • Ergane Gallery, 1993, New York, NY
  • International Contemporary Art Fair, 1990, London, UK
  • The World Trade Center, 1989, Boston, MA
  • Alfred J. Walker Fine Arts, 1988, Boston, MA