Nicola Simbari is considered by many to be Italy's most important modern artist. Rendered in a distinctive style akin to Neo-Impressionism, Simbari's works employ broad swatches of bright pastel hues to form stylized representations of people and places. His oeuvre features recurring landscape scenes of Mediterranean environments, often with partially nude women bathing or in the process of dress. Born in San Lucido, Calabria on July 13, 1927, the artist developed his practice in the 1940s after study at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, and subsequently gained commercial success exhibiting his paintings in London and New York throughout the 1950s. Simbari's works can be found in numerous museums and private and corporate collections around the world. His paintings are in collections including the Bank of Tokyo and the Christian Dior Collection in Paris; Italian State Railways in Rome; Liberty Company in London; and Tulsa Bank of Commerce, Cincinnati Fine Arts Department, Exxon Corporation, General Mills Corporation,and Pepsico, in America. He died in Italy on December 11, 2012.