Nicola Simbari one of the most gifted artists of our day

Nicola Simbari gifted artist

Nicola Simbari (July 13, 1927 – December 11, 2012)

lnternationally acclaimed as one of the most gifted artists of our day, Nicola Simbari displays an extraordinary range of talents.

While much of his time has been devoted to oil painting, sculpture and print making, he has also worked in other media. After completing his studies in Rome he designed sets for the theatre and was later commissioned to paint the murals for the Italian Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair. Nicola Simbari is now represented by Raresy who are dedicating a gallery most exclusively to his works – to give collectors and connoisseurs the opportunity to appreciate the many facets of his art.  Nicola Simbari is one of the very few artists of our age whose artistic vision has shaped the way that we see the world around us. For people familiar with his images of the Mediterranean nothing is more poignant than travelling there in summer and sensing instinctively the colours and shapes that have inspired this artist.

Simbari Working
Simbari Working

The master printer

Many of his finest Mediterranean works have been created as prints, one of the media dearest to the artist. Besides being a highly accomplished etcher Simbari has pioneered a form of silk screen printing, known as retablos, which retains much of the vigour of an original oil painting.

The artist supervises every stage of the printing, including the selection of the paper, the mixing of the colours and the printing itself to produce prints of exceptional beauty.

A sculptor with a difference

Unlike other masters, his sculpture is anything but a static or solemn medium. For Simbari it can be humorous or even whimsical. But then his subject matter is unorthodox – the breathtaking anticipation of the circus, the thrilling movements of acrobats on horseback, the pathos of a lone clown playing his saxophone.

Simbari Hands
Simbari Hands

An artist of our age

Simbari’s optimism, his joy of life, his sense of poetry and his delight in the beauty of the female form – all communicate themselves with passion through Simbari’s palette.

More recently Simbari has surprised us with paintings that capture the excitement of pop stars in concert and the drama of Grand Prix racing.  Soon he will be giving us his interpretation of the horse – at the race course and on the polo field – a subject that has long fascinated him, and is soon to fascinate us.

Elfrida Simbari, New York, 1989

Nicola Simbari in our Private Collection

Nicola Simbari Raresy Gallery
ART has ‘soul’ •.•• an unknown quantity •••• so the only certainty must be the quality of the Art and its author; each of us is the judge of that, and only · the future will confirm, or not, if we are right. The enormous publicity and confusion attached to the Art World through the Auction market and very able Art Dealers has created a ‘free-for-all’ atmosphere and there is an impression that it has little to do with ART or the quality of the works presented but more to the acceptable Trend of the Day and who is the current Patron.Having “invested” over 30 years in my belief that SIMBARI is ·one of the great artists of this century, naturally I feel that the presentation of this unique private collection of his works, has true “investment” value, both from an Artistic sense and from a “business” sense •••• when SIMBARI paints one of his inspired works, words are not necessary.Some make the mistake of thinking that all paintings done in the life of an Artist must be ‘pleasant’, and we must want them to hang over our sofa and blend with our decor! ••• It is this consumistic attitude that has upset the way that SIMBARI’s work is viewed •••. the “commercial” aspect, manipulated and exploited by commercial galleries •••. and in tum, this “commercialism” or “consumism” has drastically changed SIMBARI’s attitude to his Art •••• which is a great pity, a great loss. Nevertheless, he has many superb paintings in his vast production, spanning over nearly four decades, of which a handful are in my Private Collection.

The name one or two of the Masterpiece works in this collection .• ~ •• the disconcerting “COCKFIGHT

or the touching “NAVAJO GIRLS“,

the audio-visual “CAVALIERE“,

the sophiticated “SILK STOCKINGS

or the voluptuous “TIZIANA“,

the timeless “TIA MAIS

All this is just a taste of SIMBARI’s versatility, his energy, his strength, and his wonderful use of colour and light .••• his keen sense of OUR times •••• these works have an eternal quality and yet could only have been painted in this century •••• NOW.

Through the centuries all artists have needed Patrons •••• in the times past they were rich merchants, Princes and Clerics .••. today we pretend that Corporations can take the place of these men of great foresight, but this is only so if the person in the Corporation to choose the Art is equal to his task and does not give this ‘job’ to some one else .••• it is his personal choice, taste and acumen that makes for a great Art Collection .•.• it is not the money itself that will assure a great collection:

The Private Collection which I am making available to a very select number of Art collectors is one that in the future will prove SIMBARI to be the great Artist I believe him to be •••• this collection is proof of this Artist’s superb talent and his mastery of his Art.