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Nunzio Barbera
"2012, Gonna be a bitch, brother!"
Poster design for Keith Wigdor's Surrealism Now and Radio Black
Mass. Before Black Mass does his thing
to it.
Warhol takes Charge
"22 x 28" in
13 x 23in
on wood
Work In Progress
"Not sure what It means but I "like" it."
14 x 11in
28 x 22in
Planets align
.A king is born
.Dodge Swinger.
Jesus on the dashboard
22 x 28in
"Shred Central"
22 x 28in
The Wind Whispers Mary
"Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds
without prejudice and without fearing to understand things
that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs.
This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right
thinking; where it is absent, discussion
is apt to become worse than useless."
Leo Tolstoy
He had his first solo show in October 2010 at The West Shore Gallery in Wormleysburg, Pa.  His work
has been featured in Kikked, Innovated, Delirio-Revista, Catapult Magazine, FIREMASS and DY
magazine. His body of work only really spans over the past two years. The loss of his younger brother,
Joseph Albert Barbera (friends knew him as Peppy), is what inspired him to create art again. You can
expect big things from this WV “hillbilly”, make sure to keep your eyes out for him.
"Have you ever eaten a really rich dessert on top of a couple drinks and then gone to bed only to toss and
turn and imagine yourself running endlessly and helplessly from some terrible menacing shadowy entity
that never quite catches you but is always right behind you? Such is the collage work of Keyser, West
Virginia's Nunzio Barbera --- depicting the over-analyzed depths of a Freudian nightmare. Each work is a
cohesive melange of horror, science fiction and popular culture merged into a representation of more
messages than you can find on a teenager's iPhone.

"What the hell is he saying?" will be the first thought in your mind, followed by a careful study of the
images within the other images. Joe Pesci once said in the move JFK, "It is a mystery wrapped in a riddle
inside an enigma." This perfectly describes Nunzio's work. It is "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" meets
"Creep Show" and "Mad" magazine. Nunzio combines irreligious, brash, funny, creepy hand-drawn
elements and clippings from magazines of all eras, layering them by hand (not Photoshop, people!) onto a
variety of materials. The result is pop art entertainment at its finest." Lawrence von Knorr
PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 05, 2010 -  
" I don't give a damn if the glass is half full or half empty.
I'm just happy I have something to fucking drink."
Nunzio “NunZ” Barbera II is a Neo-urban Surrealist artist who hails from west Virginia. He attended West
Virginia University and majored in Printmaking (Lithography.) He then attended Shepherd University, also
in West Virginia and studied painting. Some of his influences are Salvador Dali, Winston Smith, Dr. Seuss,
Comic Books, Punk Rock, Skateboards, Street Art and life in general. Nunz’s current medium of choice is
collage. His collage work is very unique, he throws images of his own in with found clippings and then hits
it all with a vast array of mediums. It is very difficult to tell sometimes which images are his or others. He is
known to be provocative, offensive and somewhat outspoken, this probably stems from his punk rock
attitude towards art and life in general.