Domenico Paglia

(AKA Nico Monteleone)


To secure a responsible position that will challenge my abilities, allowing me to fully utilize my artistic, organizational, and communication skills.


Academy of Arts Florence, (Italy) - Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)                                                                                        1988-1992

Specializing in Painting and Cinema

High School of Art - Foggia, Italy                                                                                                                                         1983-1988


Artistic Silk-Screening Certificate - Vicenza, Italy                                                                                                                           1995


Apple OSX - Adobe Photoshop - Photography - Graphic Design Software - Cartooning and Animation - Set and stage setup and design - Artistic Filmmaking Final Cut - MS office


VISIONART - Self-Employed Multimedia Artist                                                                                                               1998 - Present

• Create paintings on different surfaces

• Produce documentaries and short films

  1. Design, construct and set up sets for theatre performances

  2. Design and create murals in various locations and on different surfaces

  3. Custom made wooden signs

  4. Peter and Paul Mural Company - Freelance Muralist Painter 1998-2004

Completed Company murals for Loblaws stores in the Ontario, Quebec, and Eastern Canada.


2017 Passaggi - Woodbridge, ON

2016 Passaggi - Covernotes Tea and Coffee House, NewMarket ON

2016 Movimenti - Art Exhibit Group of Artist - Old Town Hall, NewMarket ON

2014 Movimenti - Wintart Fest, Bavia Arts Studio, Toronto, ON

2013 Movimenti - Wychwood Barns Community Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013 Tutto Scorre - Hart House (U of T), Toronto, ON

2011 Incontri - Italian Heritage Month, Toronto City Hall, ON

2011 Together - Robert McLaughlin Gallery Civic Centre, Oshawa, ON

2011 Trio Art Show - Gallery Studio 561, Toronto, ON

2009 Beyond Roots - Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007 Artist Collective - Masterpiece Gallery, Toronto, ON


2005 - Strangers In The City - Italian Film Festival, Montreal, QB

2004 - Strangers In The City - Italian-Canadian Short Film Festival, Toronto, ON

2004 - Strangers In The City - Independent Foggia Film Festival, Foggia, Italy

1999 - Il Canto Delle Pietre - (The Song of the Stones)

1997 - Il Sole Sopra un Cielo Grigio (The Sun Above a Grey Sky)


2005 - Il Cavaliere Bianco (The White Knight)

A heroic elderly man saves 20 lives during World War II, accompanied by the

newly published La Resistenza Negata by Paolo Sabbetta (based on the same story)


2009 - Poster - Music for Art’s Sake- Glen Gould, Toronto, ON

2008 - Mural in the Diagnostic Imaging Waiting Room at Rouge Valley Centenary,

with plaque commemorative.

1999 - Moose In The City -“Moose-eum”, Toronto, ON

Created by “Beer Moose”, “Wine moose”, “Spirit Moose”, “Canadian Whisky”


Visual Arts, Animation and Italian                                                                                                                                         2002-2005

• Taught Painting and cartoon making to children ages 6-13                             


January 2010 to present - St. Norbert and St. Robert School, Toronto. Cartoon, animation and 3d modeling’s class.

October, December 2008 - The Toronto Heschel School, Toronto. Cartoon and animation’s class.

September 2005 to June - Columbus Centre, Toronto, Teaching Italian and cartoon making to children.

July 2005 Summer Camp - Columbus Centre, Toronto, Taught Visual Art class to children.

September 2002 to June 2004 at Columbus Centre, Toronto, Taught Visual Art to children.

January 1999-June 1999 at Villa Giardino – Woodbridge, Ontario, Taught Art to senior citizens in a retirement home.

Freelance Mural Painting

2010      Mural in the entrance of the Guardian Angle’s School - Brampton          

2010      Mural in the Gym of the Immaculate Conception’s School - Woodbridge

2009      Skyview Realty - Toronto - Mural in the lobby

2008      Mural in the 2 th floor of the Blessed Trinity’s School - Woodbridge

2008      Rouge Valley Hospital - Scarborough - Mural for Charity

2003      Toyota car dealership.   Toronto, ON. Painted interior acrylic mural on drywall.

2002      Lakeshore Mural.   Toronto, ON. Painted external acrylic mural on brick wall.

2001      “MOOSE IN THE CITY” Toronto, ON - Painted four moose for the LCBO.

2001      MAMMINA'S Italian Restaurant - Toronto, ON. Painted internal acrylic mural on drywall.  

2000      Kalifornia Chicken - Mississauga, ON. Painted internal acrylic mural on drywall.  

1999      IT..STORE - Markham, ON . Painted internal acrylic mural on drywall.  

1999      Plantation Bar - Toronto, ON. Painted interior acrylic mural on drywall.  

1999      Painted interior acrylic murals on drywall in private homes

Wood restoration

December 1997- May 1998    SADI S.p.a  

I worked for the SADI S.p.a. Restoration Company in Vicenza, Italy restoring the legendary La Fenice Theatre in Venice, Italy. Specifically, I restored the mouldings and decorative fixtures.

July 1998-September 1998 - St. Giovanni Battista Parish. I restored the frames and baptismal font of the church St. Giovanni Battista in Monteleone di Puglia, Italy

May 1995-September 1997 - Sofia Lino. I worked in a wood restoration and conservation laboratory called Sofia Lino in Vicenza, Italy. I was employed to restore and decorate the interiors of historical buildings and churches in and around Vicenza.   

About my style

In my paintings or photographs, I like to express my feelings rather than simply illustrate them. "Movement" is at the base of my research. Colours are layered upon each other, according to my own logic and than become open to any interpretation. Those who view them have varied comments based on what they note personally. For me It's almost like I can enter into the painting and feel as I'm part of it. When I start my paintings I do not have a definitive idea. Only after revising them can I see that feeling for which I was searching.


At the Rouge Valley Hospital, I painted and donated a 22’ by 9’ mural depicting a calm landscape with flowing waterfalls.

Volunteer Work

Set Designer - Member of the Staff Art production team

Responsible for set designing, construction and painting of musicals

2008-Seussical; 2010-Lullaby of Broadway; 2011-The Drowsy Chaperone;

2012-The Sound of Music; 2013-Hairspray; 2015-Urinetown

Other work experience

CUPE President for Local 3155 - International Language Instructors at the TCDSB                                                 from 2015 to 2019                                                                       

TCDSB Elementary School Teacher - International Language (Italian)                                                                            2005 - Present

• Design and implement interesting and creative lesson plans for students JK - Grade 8

• Evaluate progress according to the curriculum

• Develop classroom activities that encourage participation

• Create a safe environment for students to learn in

• Report to parents on an informal and formal basis

• Maintain a positive and professional relationship with the education community

  1. Participate in various Professional Developmental meetings / activities

YCDSB Elementary School Teacher - I. L. (Italian)                                                                                                     Summer 2016/18

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