Born in Palermi, Italy in 1969, Niro Vasali's art reflects the strength and drama characteristic of his Italian heritage. His cultural background has a dominant presence in everything he creates, whether geometric patterns or bold abstractions, in acrylics or oils, on linen, burlap, paper or canvas. Vasali works in contrasts, pitting strong against weak, producing a tension at the center of each piece.
His intuitive ability to balance colors and tonality led him further along a path towards art. As his art received constant praise in school, he also worked in interior painting and remodeling. He enjoyed working with different materials to stretch his potential, a drive that has carried over into his present art. Within his vivacious images lie a profound sensitivity, which emerge from a difficult and pivotal experience. The tragic death of a close friend entirely transformed his perspective, helping him define his priorities and give expression to the emotional impact of this loss through art.
Upon moving to the United States, Vasali attended the Atlanta College of Art, where his artwork expanded and matured. He subsequently enrolled in the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Following graduation, he exhibited at various galleries, including the Wilinsky Art Gallery and St. Anthony Maine Gallery. He returned to the Southeast for a climate closer to the warmth of his youth. He now considers Atlanta his home, blessed by a wife, young son and close friends.
Over the years, Vasali has won a number of awards for his art. His only desire for competition, however, has been internal, challenging his talent to expand and take on new creative efforts. He has recently exhibited his work to enthusiastic response in Atlanta and New York.