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Umberto Crenca

Co-Owner & Artistic Director

Umberto (Bert) Crenca is a visual artist, performance artist, and musician with a long exhibition and performance history. His work appears in the permanent collections of the Rhode Island School of Design and Newport Art Museums, and in numerous private collections.


Best known for being co-founder and longtime artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit center for the arts in downtown Providence, Bert is a passionate advocate of the conviction that all people should have access to the means to cultivate and express their creativity. He has received numerous honors and awards for his community work and holds honorary doctorates from Roger Williams and Brown Universities.


Bert is also the elder brother of Daniel Crenca, co-owner and chef of Nico Bella Restaurant. Like his brother, Bert has worked in some of Providence’s most iconic restaurants, most notably Alfredo’s and The Original Marcello’s. He is a resident of Providence, where he maintains a studio and exhibition space with his wife of 30+ years, artist and musician Susan Clausen.


The artwork on display at Nico Bella are original pieces created by Umberto Crenca. For sales and inquiries, contact or speak to any of Nico Bella’s knowledgeable staff. You can see more of Bert’s artwork at