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Nicola De Maria (Foglianise, December 6, 1954) is an Italian artist and painter.

Resident and active in Turin, De Maria is one of the five artists of the Italian Transavanguardia, theorized by Achille Bonito Oliva in 1978, but, unlike the other exponents of the group, such as Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino, his work has mainly focused on abstractionism and on a pictorial approach in which the limits of the canvas were overcome to enter into relationship with the surrounding space. De Maria has exhibited at the Venice Biennale (1980, 1988, 1990), at Documenta 7 in Kassel in Germany (1982), at the XVI Biennale di San Paolo in Brazil (1981), at the IV Biennale in Sydney in Australia (1982) and at the Rome Quadriennale (2005, 2012).

Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Museum Haus Lange Krefeld (1983), at the Kunsthalle Basel in Basel (1983), at the Kunsthaus in Zurich (1985), at the Stedeljik van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (1985), at the Seibu Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (1988), at the Musèe des Beaux Arts Nimes (1994), at the Kunstverein Ludwigsburg (1994), at the Liechtensteinische Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Vaduz (1998), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (2004), at the Pecci Museum in Prato ( 2012) and at the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Turin (2013). [6] With regard to the Italian Transavantgarde, he also participated in retrospectives at the Castello di Rivoli in 2003 and at the Palazzo Reale in Milan in 2012.