Nicola Faganello

[caption id="attachment_1972" align="alignnone" width="577"](Above): Faganello in his Wilshire Boulevard offices. Photo by Derek Lazzaro.[/caption]

Consul General of Italy in Los Angeles

From classical music to architecture, Nicola Faganello, consul general of Italy in Los Angeles, is a fervent arts connoisseur, and his passion finds a perfect field in the vibrant City of Angels. “The art scene of Los Angeles is incredible,” says Faganello. “It’s a challenge to promote the Italian arts in such an active and intense city.”

“I loved arts since I was a kid, as my parents were art lovers themselves, and our home in Italy was always full of books, photographs, paintings and music,” reveals the Italian leader. “I studied contrabass in the
conservatorium in Trent and loved to stand beside my father, who was a photo reporter. This continues today, as my wife Franziska is musicologist!”

With such a background, it is easy to imagine that classical music is one of his passions. “Recently, I listened to one of my favorite Italian contemporary musicians: the pianist Ludovico Einaudi, who performed a beautiful concert at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood. “

Faganello is also highly involved in the visual arts scene. In August, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura organized with the Getty Museum an exhibition of Lorenzo Bernini, the first exhibition of Bernini in the U.S. “I loved it,” says Faganello. “It offered a unique combination of portrait sculptures from the Italian Renaissance era and some very interesting historic anecdotes of Bernini’s life.” Two upcoming events celebrate the work of Michelangelo, an artist from the same era: an exhibition of his drawings at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in 2009 and the publishing of a very exclusive art book by Grupo FMR entitled Michelangelo la Dotta Mano, “a unique piece of art itself,” asserts Faganello.