July 2nd – July 22nd 2018

Program created to host international artists from all over the world.

The name NOA NOA is the title of Paul Gauguin’s travelogue, originally conceived as commentary on his paintings and describing his experiences in Tahiti. He wrote “I have escaped everything that is artificial and conventional, here I enter into Truth, become one with nature”. So, the NOA NOA Art Residency evokes how the trip and the escape from the urban context have played an important role on the inspiration and development of Paul Gauguin’s artistic creativity. We want to offer our Artists-in-residence the best conditions in order to develop their creativity in an environment surrounded by nature discovering East Indonesian culture, in Bali. The NOA NOA Art Residency’s identity stems from the necessity to guarantee an intimate, deep and free dialogue about art.

Our Artists-in-residence will work in our facilities, as well as in close contact with Indonesian art and nature. We will enable them to get in touch with the fast growing art scene in Bali encouraging long-lasting relationship between Bali and foreign cultures. The NOA NOA Art Residency, as a lab of experimental art, provides the chance and space for our Artists-in-residence to carry out research and development. The Residency offers contacts with local artists, promotion for local art environments, and creates conditions of interaction across different fields and geographical areas. The NOA NOA Art Residency is particularly beneficial to artists who consider restorative living in a peculiar natural setting.


Dearest participant artists,

on Thursday April 5th, the selection period for the second international Noa Noa Art Residency prize, inspired by Paul Gauguin, that will take place in Bali in July 2018, came to conclusion.

Before officially announcing the names of the winners, we would like to take a moment to tell everyone how difficult this selection was because of the extremely high quality of the candidatures we received. The evaluation process took a lot of time and all of the jurors and staff members are very sorry to not be able to bring more artists. Throughout these past few months we have had the pleasure to speak with hundreds of extraordinary people from all over the world: Italy, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Swiss, Portugal, Serbia, Poland, Argentine, Canada, United States, India, Chile, South Korea, South Africa, Indonesia… it was an amazing and unbelievable experience, we couldn’t have hoped to imagine and live! Many have been the candidatures, over 300 artists submitted their application showing their artworks.

If Noa Noa is gonna be successful, is largely gonna be thanks to you and your support, so let us say:


…Drumroll please…

On Tuesday April 17th, the jury, composed by significant names of the art panorama, called to represent the different aspects of professionalism in the art world – Martina Corbetta (Art critic and president of the jury), Roberto Pisoni (managing director of Sky Arte), Rossella Farinotti (Art curator and critic,  founder of LabRouge), Giulia Restifo (Founder of That’s Conteporary) and Matteo Bergamini (Exibart executive director) – selected the four final winners:

  • Alberonero, Italy – 1991: “for the site specific projects in strong dialogue with the surrounding environment, which is often silent and uncontaminated. Through minimal and elegant shapes, the artist synthesizes each structure in a regular quadrilateral; in this way it become a pure/simple contour full of balanced colors. Thanks to an accurate use of the color and to a strictly play of compositions, Alberonero creates different sensations, using the square structure”
  • Nuria Mora, Spain – 1974: “for the expressive vivacity of the sign, for the combination of different techniques from wallpainting to painting, from collage to installation. The artist demonstrates a close link with the city, arriving from the world of urban art, and meanwhile she shows an interest for the landscape, mentioning natural elements in her works. Nuria balances material and form, creating an own lexicon where abstraction becomes physical”
  • Federica Di Carlo, Italy – 1984:”for her investigation of the relationship between human being and nature and her study of the physical laws and of the mechanisms of vision. Federica analyses the concept of border as a limit, and the connection between human and the balance that we have with nature. For years, the light has been the center of her research and represents the first boundary with which to relate, so the fascinating environmental installations, photos and videos arise”
  • Paul Wackers, Brooklyn – 1978: “for the simple poetic based on the representation of elements that the artist sees and memorizes. The objects become subjects. Paul,through the pictorial process, makes all the familiar things confused, chaotic, the plans are broken down and they create new visions, illusionary but at the same time possible. The composition aspects aren’t negligible, they put on light a mature and balanced painting, where stand out elements like plants, papers, tracks of a vivid interest for the environment”

… about Noa Noa Art Residency 2017