Antonio “Nino” Del Prete (ADP) is an Italian artist, actor and producer. ADP was born in the shadows of Vesuvius, outside of Naples, Italy, to a seamstress-mother and an artist-father who made a living as an Art History teacher.
ADP’s large Neapolitan family was loving and supportive, but always struggled to make ends meet until his mother’s career as a fashion designer took off when he was twelve. His family’s newly acquired wealth allowed them to travel to many exotic destinations, giving ADP exposure to many new cultures and styles of art.
By seventeen, ADP was dividing his time between Paris and Mallorca, Spain, where his parents had bought a vacation home. In Paris he studied fashion design at ESMOD and later theatre at the Acting International Conservatory, but he also began experimenting with street art. Art was just a hobby for ADP at that time, then one day he discovered a style of painting that gave him a passion for the medium that has stayed with him to this day.
ADP played the trumpet and was growing tired of it when he discovered the Aboriginal Australian instrument, the didgeridoo. This discovery lead ADP to explore the Aboriginal culture and their art. His early works relied heavily on the dot technique he had learned from his Aboriginal brothers, then gradually he took it a step further by combining it with the stenciling technique he had picked up in his street art days.
Today, ADP’s art varies from complex, multi-layered, hand cut stencils that require the precision and patience of a monk to create; to the re-workings of serious Classical paintings into whimsical political commentaries. What all his work shares, from his paintings to his mixed-media pieces, is a multicultural focus on using his art to critique the inescapable contradictions of the world in which we live. In this he brings humor and insight to artistic narratives that seek to contribute to social change and a more moral universe.
Fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish, ADP has had success with private and group shows in the USA and Europe. Two of his pieces (“BacDonald” and “Holywood”) were recently selected for the book, “Constructing Critical Consciousness: Narratives that Unmask Hegemony and Ideas for Creating Great Equity in Education”, and he has recently named and listed in the prestigious Art Book reference "L'Atlante Dell'Arte Contemporanea" among the 800 Italian Artists that influenced Contemporary Art.
Antonio was received by Pope Francis at the Vatican City after being selected among the Artists who helped raising funds with his Art for the Educational Children Foundation "Scholas".