As a teenager, he got rescued by the hard-core punk scene from an apparently bourgeois, middle-class upbringing. He started meeting people from different walks of life and got into more interesting circles, like skateparks and snowboard spots.
In those years his father, an atheist communist engineer became a practising Hare Krishna. Still underage at that time, Nicola discovers the wonders of British magazine publishing. One day he finds himself looking at The Face and had a glimpse of what he would like to become as an adult. On the front cover the singer of Prodigy was posing with a hideous grimace on his face: it’s shocking, some photographers not only portray people, but they help them bringing terrible truths up to light.
During the years studying photography he draws closer to Contemporary Art. He shows some of his first works in several exhibitions and he meets his future business partner Ivan. Together they founded Boiler Magazine, first online and then on paper. Nicola was Art Director with Macs Iotti. Everything run smoothly for three or four years until perhaps due to genetic causes, a sudden urge for a mystical experience struck him. Nicola decided to leave and meditate at a Buddhist monastery in Ceylon and he then arrived in India at the Osho commune, where he stayed much longer than expected.
Coming back in Italy to work as a photographer needed a new sparkle, which he found in experimentation. Fashion, portraiture and sport culture all blend in into the mix that defines the unique style of his images, all containing the same dose of cheekiness, elegancy, irony and wildness.
Open to collaborating with other artists who share the same eclectic vision, he yielded into his passion for filming. He recently started to direct music videos and small experimental projects.
He has never stopped having fun.
Education & Workshops
Film Factory Italia, 6 months filmmaking workshop by Officine/IED, supervised by Silvio Soldini
Cinematography Workshop with Luca Bigazzi
Three Year Course in Photography at Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Florence
Exchange Student Program, Photography MA, London College of Printing
Workshops with Franco Vaccari and Daniel Meadows
Workshops with Martin Parr, Gilbert Fastenaekens, Antonio Biasiucci
Workshop with Nick Waplington
Selected Solo Exhibitions
“Born Again” Nicola Ricci Contemporary Art Gallery, Pietrasanta. Curated by Fabiola Naldi
“Steal and Burn”, Studio Ercolani, Bologna. Curated by Chiara Leoni
“Elective Affinities”, BIG Torino, Turin. Curated by Nicoletta Leonardi
Selected Group Exhibitions
“Surf Trip, a Visual Novel”, Galleria Nicola Ricci at Miart. With an essay by Ivanmaria Vele
“Padiglione Italia Out Of Biennale”, Trevi Flash Art Museum. Curated by Chiara Leoni
“Hovering”, Peres Projects, Los Angeles. Curated by Daniele Balice
“2 in uno”, Galica Gallery, Milan. Curated by Gigliola Foschi
“Viasatellite”, Mercati Traianei, Rome, curated by Alessandra Galletta
“Archivi, Memorie ed Accumulazioni”, Centre Culturel Français, Turin. Curated by a.titolo
“Les Trahisons du modèle”, Chapelle du Rham, Luxembourg. Curated by Paul di Felice
“Multiple Vision”, taranto Gallery, New York. Curated by Nicoletta Leonardi
“Shift”, Studio Ercolani, Bologna. Curated by Chiara Leoni
“Multiple Vision”, Clone Media Gallery, London. Curated by Nicoletta Leonardi
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles