Quantum Entanglements


Airdate: May 9, 2018

Nick Napoletano is a painter, muralist, and designer known for hyperrealist works brimming with allegory and symbolism. He uses the human figure as “a vehicle to explore and document various facets of the human condition as they relate to both the individual and the universal whole." His installations are meant to function as a mirror, identifying a truth about the community, while paving the way for positive change. His work can be found in galleries and museums internationally, including the collections of Amway and the New Britain Museum of American Art. He recently exhibited at Jerald Melberg Gallery and at the Mint Museum, and he is currently painting a series of large-scale exterior murals in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Nick has expanded his work into the fields of augmented and virtual reality. He earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts at the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in figurative painting, public art, augmented and virtual reality, and the challenges and rewards of 'a monkey mind.'   


  • Nick describes the three different trajectories of his work and how his art reflects Mannerism and the High Renaissance.

  • He considers whether his art challenges the viewer, the illustrations of Norman Rockwell, the role of public art, and whether it is enough for public art to just be beautiful.

  • He talks about one of his murals and the idea that informs it.

  • Nick answers whether he prefers public or private art commissions, the challenge of his 'monkey mind,' and what an unfettered public art project might be.

  • He explains how he paints augmented reality components onto sculpted spaces to enhance dialog between the work and viewers.

  • Nick shares how Nordic and biophilic design influences his art.

  • He talks about living and painting in New York, taking a tour of the South, and what Snug Harbor has to do with why he lives in Charlotte.

  • Nick discusses a current recurring dream, what delights him, what truth he wants revealed, and what draws him in.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Leonardo in his Studio

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.