Antonio Nunziante was born in Naples in 1956, artistic prodigy who experimented with oil painting when he was just 8. After gaining his secondary school art diploma in Asti, he enrolled at the Fine Arts Academy, which he attended for two years. In 1975 he began his career as a professional painter. On returning to Turin he graduated course in restoration techniques in Florence, visits to Italian and European museums enriched his experience, bringing him into contact with masterpieces of distinguished painters like Rembrant e Vermeer.
Originally his painting is characterized by figurative moments expressed with still life, landscapes, female nude and other more surreal approaches inspired by the fantasy worlds of Boris and the visions of Dali'.
In some works the romantic and metaphysical component is extremely strong, fascinated by the artistic theories of Bocklin and De Chirico, who remained a constant reference throughout his career.
In 1983 he had the chance to make himself known in America, exhibiting at the Artexpos in Los Angeles and New York. He attended the atelier of Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni and in 1985 exhibits in Spello with Pietro Annigoni.
These years are characterized by research and experimentation, through conceptual works signed under the pseudonym of Rascal Babaloo.
He took part in the Bergamo Biennale between 1986 and 1990. His participation in exhibitions in Tokyo (1990) and at the New York Artexpo (1991) was a further step towards success and international recognition.
There was growing consideration of his painting in many important institutions through the 1990's and increasingly qualified critics took an interest in him. Nunziante go forward with his research and in those years painted some "Nature Silenti", eternal masterpiece of Flemish art, testified in his first monograph printed in 1994.
In 1996, on the occasion of the exhibition "Il Valore della Figura" his works were shown with ones of some Italian masters such as Bueno, Cascella, De Chirico, Guttuso, Modigliani, Morandi, Marino Marini, Severini and Sironi. Elements that were to become some of the constants in his work emerged: metaphysics, symbolism and romanticism. That's the period of "Farmacie Italia", "Le stanze", gli "Oggetti" and appears "The Isle of the Dead" of Arnold Bocklin, a masterpiece which Nunziante will turn into an isle of love as an ideal space for mind and spirit.
In the same period he exhibits in Florence, then Lugano and Venice twice.
The new millennium starts with the painting "Dimensioni Parallele", exposed in 2001 at the Boussex-Meaux museum in Paris, on the occasion of the exhibition "Hommage a l'Ile Des Morts", together with the works of Salvador Dali' and Max Ernst.
Inspired by the tragic event of 11th September 2001, Nunziante paints "L'Apocalisse", in this work the tragedy is opposed to the rebirth and challenges the crime news with colors, cobalt blue, cadmium red, chrome yellow, greens, purples and oranges, these are the new colors used by Nunziante who gives life to new visions where metaphysics lets the place to surrealism in works like "La bellezza ci salvera'" and "Atto di forza". The Thinker and the Muse are the icons of the classical Nunziante ("I dialoghi dell'amore", "Tormento ed Estasi") while works like "I viaggi nel tempo" and in "Onirici veneziani" characterize the more inspired metaphysics Nunziante.
This is also the century of the great success and awards and exhibitions were held in the most distinguished Italian and foreign galleries: Paris, New York, Philadelphia, London and Basel, together with anthological exhibitions in Turin and Rome, records at Sotheby's and the National Cultural Award Torre di Castruccio. In 2001 he was
featured in the exhibition "Dal Caravaggio" at the Castel Sismondo in Rimini, where his works were placed alongside those of the greatest seventeenth-century masters. With Caravaggio, Nunziante' s painting board enriches with ochre, bitume asphalt and raw sienna. We'll find the same colors in the exhibition "Isole del pensiero. Bocklin, De Chirico, Nunziante" held in Fiesole on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of Bocklin' death, in which his works were shown with some by Arnold Bocklin and Giorgio De Chirico.
After his solo exhibition at the Bramante Cloister in Rome ("Nunziante. The vision beyond"), he exhibited a further 40 new paintings at the "Landscapes of light" in Genoa (Palazzo Ducale), in conjunction with the big event curated by Marco Goldin "Van Gogh and Gauguin's journey", exhibiting with Van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Turner, Kandinsky, Wyeth and Homer.
The works exposed in these four big events in 2001 are considered as jewels of Nunziante's career.