Sandro Nocentini was born into an artistic family in Rome, Italy, his mother was a painter and he describes a childhood of being taken to churches and art galleries, literally surrounded by the great artworks of the renaissance world. This shows in his bold almost biblical feeling paintings, stripped of religious connotation and re-narrated for a contemporary audience. Migrating to Australia at the age of 27, Nocentini completed a bachelor degree in Fine Arts at The National Art School in Sydney. Sandro has exhibited extensively since 1994. Since 2003 Nocentini has been teaching painting, sculpture and drawing as well as curating art exhibitions and events. In 2005 Sandro Nocentini won Australia’s prestigious Sir John Sulman Prize for Painting.
Prolific in painting and sculpture, described as a cubist-futurist Sandro is influenced by modernism. Nocentini uses the human figure in expressions of silent storytelling. “I find body-language to be more powerful and subconsciously more effective than words. The sacrifice of aesthetic beauty is necessary for the viewers to create and develop their own personal interpretation of the characters and the story behind the work” His figures are unconventional in appearance, created with simple, uncomplicated lines. Sandro’s subjects are inward looking, often at rest and always silent, their focus is on the human-divine relationship.