Johnny Nicoloro is an award-winning artist and photographer whose signature style of double-exposures created entirely in his camera produce unique and visually compelling pieces. His works have been exhibited throughout southern California and the western United States. In December 2013 was his most recent solo exhibition Visions of Virgins 2.0 at the Latino Art Museum in the Pomona Art Colony.Previous to that Johnny completed a solo exhibition at The Gallery at 3517 W. Sunset in Los Angeles entitled Enchanted. A whimsical collection of florals and colored lights.
Over the past four years, Johnny’s signature artwork featuring double exposures of the Virgin Mary have been in several exhibitions. In December 2012, Johnny was curated into the group show Solo Para Hombres here at the Latino Art Museum . His solo show Visions of Virgins was presented at The Annex @ Core New Art Space in Denver, Colorado in May 2012. Denver's Westword Magazine selected Johnny's exhibition as one of the five hidden gallery shows to see for the Memorial Day weekend.
From July-November 2011, Johnny presented a solo exhibition at The Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture in Los Angeles entitled Virgins ofLos Angeles. The Latino Museum is a fan of Johnny's art, having previously displayed a four-month exhibition entitled Las Virgenes - Visions of Inspiration with noted artist Ofelia Esparza. Eight pieces from that exhibition were acquired for the museum's permanent collection. Additional exhibitions featuring the Virgin Mary include the group show Hybridity: American Unity, again at The Latino Museum and another solo exhibition LA Virgin at Lot 44 Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.
Additional exhibits: Johnny was invited to exhibit with the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Electron Salon in September 2013 In April 2012 Johnny took part in T4C (Thank You for Creating) A BritWeek Presentation at Farmer's and Merchant Bank. Johnny was juried into in the Los Angeles Art Association group show Out There at Gallery 825 (June 2011); plus Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition at the Farmington Art Museum in New Mexico.
Johnny's photography was published in two coffee table books in 2012. His portrait of fashion designer Nick Verreos can be found in Project Runway: The Show That Changed Fashion and multiple decor photo stories are seen in Nathan Turner's American Style. Turner, one of Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators, has displayed and sold Johnny's art at his design gallery on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood since 2011.
In August and May of 2013 Johnny was an ArtSlant Showcase Winner. And in Janaruary 2013 Johnny was awarded an Honorable Mention from the art competition Artavita. October 2012 , he was also an ArtSlant Showcase Winner. Johnny was awarded first prize in photography from The American Art Awards in September 2012. He also took home first prize from the AAA in 2011 and 2010. And for the fifth year in a row he was published in the Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide presented by The City Of Los Angeles, September 2013.
Additionally, the Los Angeles County coordinators of "SoCal for Jerry Brown" named Johnny the honorary photographer for Brown's 2010 gubernatorial campaign for his series of double-exposed photographs of Californians with the moniker "Jerry".
Johnny has turned the focus of his camera on the Virgin Mary, one of the most revered and iconic figures in the world. "She has always been a place where I would go in my spiritual journey if I was having difficulties," Johnny recounted in the article "Chasing Virgins" for Cafe Libre. "I feel blessed that I have a natural affinity for spirituality; It came very easy for me. Growing up Catholic and saying the Hail Mary - it's such an easy prayer to say ..." I see her everywhere - and I hope these visions inspire another look or perhaps even a first look for some at the Divine Feminine. The Virgin Mary and the breadth of her spirit are enormous and all encompassing. And it's likely that this isn't your grandmother's Virgin Mary.
Curator-at-large Lui Sanchez described Johnny's work this way: "His creative mix of the spiritual icon with commercial, political and community imagery gives rise to the passion and compassion the Virgin Mary evokes as an iconic image. His Virgins explore and expose our own spiritual, political and economic struggles and perhaps counters such struggles with a glimpse of passion, spirituality or faith that many Latinos recognize but may also speak to non-Latinos, parishioners and Atheists."
A native of Los Angeles and self-taught photographer, Johnny earned a BA in Theatre Arts from UCLA. Johnny has also taught Creative Photography for Personal Growth at The Village in Hollywood and has been an art and photography instructor for CoachArt, a non-profit charity providing free lessons in the arts to kids with life-threatening illnesses.
He can be reached and his work can be viewed at www.NicoloroPhotography.com. Follow him on Pinterest (Johnny Nicoloro) and on Facebook at Virgin Mary Note Cards.