From Monsters to Butterflies

August 7, 2008

By Mike Landry

When I reach Toronto artist Nicholas Di Genova on the phone he’s in the middle of a nap on his picnic table. Given that he’s in the middle of a new work—27,000 butterflies on a 4×6.5 foot piece of paper—napping isn’t something you would have found him doing seven years ago. Di Genova admits he’s just grown up a little bit.

“I think for a 22-year-old I had my fair share of problems. I was a lot more aggressive; I was a lot more into aggressive things; and I was a lot more into quick art,” says Di Genova. “I’ve just chilled out. I’m a little less likely to just rip a piece up if it takes more than a week to do.”

To help send off his old work, Di Genova has partnered with Magic Pony and Spanish magazine Belio to launch a collection of his earlier work and present a solo exhibition. The collection is part of Belio’s “Die Young” series, which documents emerging international artists, illustrators and designers.

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