Sandro Nocentini

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Sandro Nocentini, 2016

Sandro Nocentini (born 5 February 1966) is an Italian artist, living and working in Australia. He is a figurative painter, whose work has been described as "cubist-futurist".[1] He was awarded the Sir John Sulman Prize for Painting in 2005.[2]


Life and work[edit]

SandroNocentini MySonHasTwoMothers2005.jpg

Sandro Nocentini was born in Rome, Italy. His early artistic influences were from his artist mother, Alba Pratesi, and her mentor Aldo Bandinelli.[1]

He arrived in Australia in 1993, and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts at the National Art School.[3] The new environment of Australia had a significant effect on his work.[3] He staged his first solo exhibition in 1996.

In 2005, Nocentini was awarded the $10,000 Sir John Sulman Prize for his painting My Son Has Two Mothers.[2][4] The work was exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.[5] The inspiration for it came from the artist's "assisting two friends to conceive a child"; Nocentini has shown himself as a harlequin, a reference to Picasso, whose influence is apparent in the work.[1]


That year he was the judge, with Judith Blackall, of Inner West Cultural Services' Walking the Street art prizes.[6]

In 2006, he was one of the contributing artists to the fund-raising Changing Nature 06 Greenpeace exhibition and auction in Sydney.[7]

His painting of Princess Diana was included in the book, Diana in Art, compiled by Mern Mehmet (Pop Art Books), and described by the Daily Mail as "a somewhat Picasso-like view of the Princess".[8][9]

Diana: A Princess, A Woman

He describes his style as "cubist-futurist"[1] and said of his work:

Art Critic Simonne Jameson said about Nocentini, "Even a brief sampling can suggest the quality, at once poetic, rationale of Nocentini's mind."[1]

In 2016 Nocentini published the digital version of three books for children he wrote and illustrated: The Dog With No Name, and other short tails, The Broken Mirror, and other short stories and The Christmas we Forgot.

Nocentini lives in Sydney, where he also works as Theatre Manager at Sydney Opera House .[3]

See also[edit]

Media related to Sandro Nocentini at Wikimedia Commons

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Sandro Nocentini", Wentworth Gallery. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b Morgan, Clare. "Olsen has two smiling faces", The Age, 30 April 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "About us: Tutors", Pine Street Creative Arts Centre. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  4. ^ Higson, Rosalie. "Olsen's ode to old age wins an Archie", The Australian, 30 April 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  5. ^ "2005 Sulman Prize winner", Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Walking the street 2005", Inner West Cultural Services. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Greenpeace presents... Gala Art Auction for climate change action", Greenpeace, 22 November 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  8. ^ "Queen of all our arts: Portraits of Diana", Daily Mail, 15 August 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  9. ^ "Los retratos nunca vistos de Diana de Gales", ¡Hola!, 16 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2008.

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