A practicing artist for over thirty years, Nicola De Benedictis was born in 1950, Bari, Italy. Formal studies began with the painter Roberto Catani, Bologna followed by training at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como. De Benedictis hails from an artistic family, his grandfather a painter of sacred objects and his father a realist landscape painter. Today, the artist has earned a stellar reputation for his views of the French and Italian countryside. In these captivating scenes, he combines cubic form with the shadowy touches of light and weather, dividing the planes of his canvas as if a shifting vision. Like many modern and contemporary landscape painters, De Benedictis’ work has ties to Paul Cézanne, this influence is distilled in De Benedictis’ sun drenched, light infused hills. The artist achieves this architectonic luminousity using a mixed medium of acrylic paint, oil sticks, pastel and oil paint. De Benedictis has participated in over fifty group shows, and fairs, and has been honored with solo exhibits in Italy and abroad.