Embrace II

Embrace II

Gouache Painting by Nicholas Di Genova

This gouache painting explores the Green Man motif, a humanoid face adorned with leaves and flowers that was a popular architectural feature in the 30’s and 40’s.

In a time of rising temperatures and ever worsening tropical storms, the Green Man reminds Nicholas of our reliance on and union with nature, a symbol of how closely the fate of our planet and our own fates are linked.

Nicholas started this body of work in 2017 during a difficult period of his life. These pieces are his way of addressing loss and frailty, but also hope and rebirth, at both a personal and universal level.


Nicholas Di Genova is a Toronto based artist. He graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005. Influence from comic books, Otaku culture, and the natural world can be seen in Nicholas' intricate line drawn works and large scale oil paintings.

His works have been exhibited at Wil Kucey Gallery in Toronto, and Fredericks & Freiser and the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC. He has also been featured in renowned international press such as Art Forum, Juxtapoz Magazine, and The New York Times.

8” x 10”

Gouache on cold-pressed watercolour paper

Signed by the artist.