Nicola Evangelisti

Nicola Evangelisti



Nicola Evangelisti (Bologna, 1972)

He graduated with honors in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna,  in the late nineties he started developing an artistic approach based on the use of artificial light and focused on scientific and cosmological themes.

In 2000 he won the Guglielmo Marconi International Award.

In 2002 his work “the Big Bang Space Structure” became a part of the Targetti Light Art Collection and was exhibited at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, at the MAK in Vienna and at the MUAR in Moscow.

Throughout the years he has exhibited in many international museums and venues including: ISELP (Institut Supérieur pour l’Etude du Language Plastique de Bruxelles, Archaeological Museum of Frankfurt, Museum Collection Paul VI of Brescia and is represented by the Artiscope Gallery in Belgium and from the Paci Contemporary Gallery in Italy.

in 2006 his work takes a socio- political turn, this evolution is well represented by his bullet cartridge installations  and the use of weapons and knives in the creation of a number of holographic sculptures.

The installation You Are Not Safe, exhibited at the  International Museum and Library of Music in Bologna, at the MACRO Testaccio in Rome and at the Artiscope Galerie is an important example of this period in Nicola Evangelisti’s work.

He has participated in collateral exhibitions of the Brussels Biennale, the Venice Biennale and Manifesta.

In 2009 he created Light Blade, a light installation in the courtyard of Villa Reale in Milan, which later became part of the Milan Modern Art Gallery collection.

In the past two years, he has been invited to exhibit in international museums and galleries including: the MOAH Lancaster (California), the National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, Meicheng Space (Shenzhen – China), and the Civic Gallery of Como.

One of  his most recent and meaningful cycles of work explores the relationship between light and symbols and the meanings that derive from their interaction, often referencing geometric visual imagery and its connection to the ancient historiography of the sacred.

Since 2013 he has worked on a cycle of multimedia events in places of worship in collaboration with the homonymous musician , Nicola Evangelisti.  “Lux Inaccessibilis”, in the cloister of the Basilica of San Domenico in Bologna, “Speculum Solis” for the Bologna design week, “Genus Lucis “ inside the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca in Bologna, are examples of this series of works.

In 2018 he was invited for the second time at the Biennale of Light at the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua by presenting Emerald, a steel light installation, the latest outstanding piece of his most recent series of works


Guglielmo Marconi International Award, 2000, Bologna, Italy

Targetti Light Art Award, 2002 Firenze, Italy

Aletti Art Award, Verona, 2009, Italy



Mapping the brain, Il battito di ciò che siamo, Fondazione di Sant’Orsola, Bologna Italy


War Sound Collage, video of the day, Macro Asilo, Roma, Italy


LightQuake (with Mario Agrifoglio) ADD-Art Gallery Spoleto, Italy


beWARe, Area35 Art Gallery, Milan, Italy


The Theory of the Opposites, Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy


Genus Lucis, Basilica of St. Luke, Bologna, Italy (Multimedia Project)

Speculum Solis, Church of St. Procolus, Bologna, Italy (Multimedia Project)


Lux Inaccessibilis, Cloister of St. Dominic, Bologna, Italy (Multimedia Project)


Temporary Illusions, OltreDimore Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy

A.L.I.C.E.’s Eye,  with Elastic Group of Artistic Research, Bevilacqua Palace, Bologna, Italy


Venice Biennale, Italian Pavillion in the World, Italian Cultural Institute, Brussels, Belgium

The Seventh Day of Contemporary, The Doge’s Palace, Genoa, Italy

You Are Not Safe – Light Pulse, International Museum and Library of Music, Bologna, Italy


Here and now, Civic Medieval Museum, Bologna, Italy


Chromocosmica, Artiscope Art Gallery, Brussells, Belgium


Elettrika, Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy


Light Installations, Espace d’Art Contemporain Villary, Nimes, France


Light Chimaeras, Serego Art Gallery, Verona, Italy


Luminis Ora, BGH Art Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA


New Spatialism, Centre Culturel Louis Ratel, Bievres, France

Ephemerides, No Code Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy


Cosmic Fragments, Schabes Art Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA



Raw materials: Light, Kromya Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland


War Sound Collage, video of the day, Macro Asilo, Roma, Italy

Quadrilegio, Manfredi Space, Parma, Italy

E fu terremoto.. cloister of the Weingarten monastery, Germany


Meicheng Art Gallery, Shenzhen, China

Light Art Biennal – Ducal Palace Mantua, Italy


LightQuake, National Museum of Duchy Spoleto, Rocca Albornoz, Italy

Black Light Art, The light that colors the darkness – Civic Art Gallery Como, Italy

Estate Italiana, MOAH, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA

Black light art, the light that shines the darkness, Exhibition Space of Palazzo Lombardia, Milan, Italy


Art Stays Festival, Ptuj, Slovenia

Digital Frames, Uncommon, Milan, Italy

Digital Humanities, Beta 80 Group, Milan, Italy


Paratissima, Turin, Italy

Small Size, Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy


Light Art Ensemble, Brera Academy, Milan, Italy

Lux Aurea, Museum Collection of Pope Paul VI, Concesio (Brescia), Italy

Extra-ordinary Day – MAAM Museum, Rome, Italy

Home Theatre, MAAM Museum, Rome, Italy

Meta-Illusions, ART1307, Villa di Donato, Naples, Italy


High Voltage, De Mijlpaal Art Gallery, Manifesta9, Brussels, Belgium

Futures, Artiscope Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

I have a Dream, Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy

Turnover, Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy


Luces, Archäologisches Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (LUMINALE)

ADD Festival, MACRO Testaccio Museum, Rome, Italy

Arteractive, Turin, Italy (Paratissima)


Future, The Science Festival, The Doge’s Palace, Genoa, Italy


From Narcissus to Alice, mirrors and reflections concerned, ISELP (Institute Supérieur pour l’Etude du Langage Plastique), Brussells, Belgium

Black and White, Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy

Mehr Licht. Targetti Light Art Collection & James Turrel, MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria


River’s Edge Film Festival, Maiden Alley Cinema, Market House Theatre and Yeiser Art Centre Paducah, Kentucky, USA

Events’ Horizon, Artsinergy Gallery, Bologna, Italy


Harlem Art Project, Saatchi & Saatchi, New York, USA

Lights On, Artiscope Art Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Targetti Light Art Collection, MUAR (National Museum of Architecture Schusev), Moscow, Russia

VideoFormes, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

Journey into Contemporary Photography, Paci contemporary, Brescia, Italy

Video Island, Rome, Italy


Video Festival, Parisud Art Gallery, Paris, France

DIVA Brussells, One Night Video, Brussells, Belgium

Lucio Fontana and its heredity, Castelbasso (Teramo), Italy


Targetti Light Art Collection, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA


Targetti Light Art Collection, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Polan

Quotidiana, Civic Museum “Al Santo”, Padua, Italy


Myth and Material. Sculpture, Other and Beyond (with Joe Tilson), Castelbasso (Teramo), Italy


Small Format, Bertrand Kass Art Gallery, Innsbruck, Austria

No Code Art Gallery, Bologna, Italy


Cittadellarte Pistoletto Foundation, “Insieme”  MAAM project,  Biella (Italy)

Museum Collection of Pope Paul VI, Concesio (Brescia), Italy

MAAM Museum, Rome, Italy

GAM (Modern Art Gallery), Milan (Italy)

La Sfacciata Lighting Academy, Florence (Italy)

DIF Museum, Palazzo Chigi, Formello (Rome), Italy

Museum Bargellini, Cento – Ferrara (Italy)

Museum Roberto Bilotti Ruggi d’Aragona, Rende, Italy

Pinto / Xandev Foundation , London and Goa (GB and India)

Lucio Dalla Foundation – Bologna Italy