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.


Group Show 2017

Opening: Friday 14th 2017 6pm
All Caps store & Gallery
Jl Raya Canggu 18°. Canggu, Bali.

Artists: Agostino Iacurci, Ricky Lee Gordon, Moneyless, Federico Tosi

Noa Noa is the group exhibition of the Noa Noa Art Residency, that took place from 1st to 17th July and saw as main guests: Agostino Iacurci, Ricky Lee Gordon, Moneyless and Federico Tosi.

Noa Noa will display the artworks of these artists that, inspired by the place are now trying to express themselves through paintings, drawings, wallpainting and site specific art installation in the most typical landscape of Bali among rice field and waterfalls. The artists tried to get as close as possible to the Indonesian culture, discovering the island of Bali and started very soon a dialogue with themselves and the environment developing the following projects:

Agostino Iacurci, born in Foggia in 1986. Lives and works in Berlin. He shows a series of paintings on recycled paper made with his modus operandi. Iacurci, by synthesizes shapes and uses colors inspired by the environment, traces synoptics profiles of the nature obtaining a series of drawings very recognizable for their rigorously simple language. Takes structures from nature and give them back as an art drawing. After this first series, he decides to act on the territory choosing to replace the same shapes on rest-houses in the rice-fields, an artwork in the most typical context.

Federico Tosi, born in Milan in 1988. Lives and works in Milan. Wandering about with pencil and sketchbook, Tosi explores deep down the Indonesian jungle and realizes a series of fast-drawings on papers, extremely detailed and evocative. With his direct and clean mark he successfully analyzes both the details and the wide landscapes that nature presents here. Tosi catches the least tourist aspect of this island, the hidden one of a population ever increasing and in development. You might commonly think to get to Bali and get lost between temples and untouched natural environment, but the truth is that the population density in South Bali is crazy and picturesque. The streets are flooded with mopeds with their rowdy horns and smog, it is necessarily ethnographical. Encouraged by this chaos Tosi decided to make one sticker with antithetical explicit and provocative graphic.

Moneyless, born in Milan in 1980. Lives and Works in Lucca. He displays a tryptic on paper made with his usual interaction between shapes, space and colors using paint cans and stencils, Moneyless proceed layer by layer and using transparencies. He decide to spend only a few days in studio research, prefers to focus on finding perfect spots for installations. He moves from 2D to 3D by creating solid shapes that fluctuates over the most amazing Bali’s scenery. By pulling white wool threads, supported by transparent strings and spikes, in the middle of the jungle, in front of waterfalls and thick vegetation, vivid geometrical shapes rises up. He obtains diminished shapes, but he’s conceptually far from willing to keep it a simple ensemble of lines.

Ricky Lee Gordon, born in Johannesburg in 1984. Lives and Works in Los Angeles.
Ricky’s poetics has many aspects in common with the philosophy behind this art residency and with the Indonesian culture, for example his experience in meditation and Dharma (Buddhist teachings for the universal law of nature). Ricky has always been exploring the nature of non-duality and interconnectedness, decides to display two large canvases which became then an appendix, of a larger wallpainting which he found engrossed by nature along the coast line of Balia together with site specific interventions using flags made from bamboo and trash bags  to represent the colonization of land. He places white flags where nature is left untouched as a symbol of gratitude and recognition and in landscapes where man has manipulated nature he places black flags as a symbol of misapprehension and shame. Ricky finds in Bali the perfect place to explore and investigate the relationship between man and nature and through his art express that nature and man is not separate.



 Dearest participant artists,

On Friday may the 5th, the selection period for the first international Noa Noa Art Residency prize, inspired by Paul Gauguin, that will take place in Bali in July 2017, came to conlusion.

Before officially announcing the names of the recipients, 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 theese past few months we’ve had the pleasure to speak with hundreds of extraordinary people from all over the world: Italy, France, Germany, UK, Spain, Monaco, Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Australia, Mexico, U.S.A., Iceland, Canada, Israel, India, Finland, New Zealand, Africa, China, Japan… it was an amazing and unbelievable experience, we couldn’t have hoped to imagine and live. Many have been the candidatures, over 200 artists submitted their application showing their artworks.

If Noa Noa is gonna be succesful, is largely gonna be thanks to you and your support, so let us say THANK YOU.

…Drumroll please…

On Wednesday May 10th, the jury, composed by names of significance in the art panorama, called to represent the different aspects of professionalism in the art world – Martina Corbetta ( president), Roberto Pisoni ( managing director of Sky Arte), Rossella Farinotti (Art curator and critic, founder of Labrouge), Matteo Bergamini (Exibart executive director) and Lucio pergola ( Marketing manager for Vans Italy) – selected the final winners:

  • Dennis Osadebe, Nigeria – “ for the simplicity of the lines, vivaciousness and energy of the colors. The spontaneity of the artistic message and its candor in general”.
  • Moneyless, Italy – “for the expressive energy of his mark made of geometrical shapes and loud colors”.
  • Daniel Khanin, Israel – “ for the energy of the old-fashioned-taste composition, made contemporary by its theme and superb chromatic choice”.
  • Ricky Lee Gordon, South Africa – “ for the monumental nature of his wallpainting and the pictorial quality of the realization. For his roaming spirit and positive attitude toward different cultures.”
  • Federico Tosi, Italy – “ for the elegance of the graphic mark, detailed and penetrating, and his attention over substance.”
  • Agostino Iacurci, Italy – “ for his artistic language which is linear and clean and both essential and rigorous. For the versatility of his work from wallpainting through sculpture to canvases.”

It’s going to be our duty and pleasure to keep you updated on the residency and its artists in order to keep this first encounter of ours alive and build a story with all of you in the spirit described by Gauguin in his wonderful journey diaries.

A heartfelt hello to all of you,

Noa Noa Art Residency Staff