Antonio Nocera was born in Caivano (NA) in 1949, he studied at the Art Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples, attending courses in painting, set design and sculpture, and he was also interested in working with leather, of ceramics and all printing techniques.
In 1970 he moved to Milan. One of his first exhibitions is held at the Galleria la Ripa (MI). In 1975 he was in Parma for an important exhibition on the issue of Resistance at the Scuderie della Pilotta, then transferred to Modena at the Civic Museums. In 1978 he made the official manifesto for the Museum of the First Partisan Republic of Montefiorino (MO). He then held several exhibitions in France, Switzerland and England, consolidating the "Pulcinella" strand. In 1988 he moved to Rome collaborating with the Mint of the State and the Parliamentary Institutions.
In 1989 he was invited by the committee for the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the French Revolution for an exhibition at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and then in Rome under the patronage of the French Embassy. Then there are his personal ones: "Histoire de Pinocchio", "Petit Chaperon Rouge" and he also creates a portfolio for the World Foundation for Research on AIDS by Prof. Luc Montagnier under the aegis of UNESCO.
In 1998 he created the official sculpture of the eleventh «World Congress of the International Association of« Industrial Relations »held in Bologna. In April 1998 he presented his bas-relief to the Holy Father John Paul II on the theme "Year 2000" and in March 1999 the volume "Vangeli" illustrated for the Jubilee.
The year 2000 sees him protagonist of the new cycle of exhibitions entitled "Terres de lune, terres de fable" and in the Monastery of San Giovanni in Parma he begins the cycle of exhibitions "Gospels in the Monasteries of Europe".
In 2001 he premiered the collection of jewel sculptures «The Moon and the Zodiac» and the «Pinocchio and the Moon» cycle which was then exhibited from 2002 - 2003 following an international itinerary. In June 2002 he presented in Rome the illustrated volume "The Adventures of Pinocchio - History of a Puppet" at the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities - Sala Alessandrina - Palazzo della Sapienza. In 2002 he inaugurated the exhibition "Pinocchio et la lune" taken by the City of Paris. In the same year, at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels, he held an exhibition on "Pinocchio" with a presentation by Giorgio Napolitano. In July 2003 he held a personal exhibition at the Pontifical Lateran University entitled "Sacred Images" at the European University "escuola in Europe" Symposium. In conjunction with this event, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Pontificate, Maestro Antonio Nocera was received at Castelgandolfo by His Holiness John Paul II, to whom he donated the collection of glazes «Sacred Images». On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Patronage INCA CGIL exclusively realizes some works and elaborates the study of the logo for the occasion. On May 29, 2005, with the blessing of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, he placed the sculpture "Christus Patiens" at the Church of the Holy Spirit of the Neapolitans in Rome and inaugurated the exhibition dedicated to it.
He realizes works of high institutional representation for the Department for Archival and Book Heritage of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities. In 2006 he created the bronze monument for the 50th anniversary of the Marcinelle tragedy, in Belgium, commissioned by the National Presidency of the INCA CGIL Patronage. On the occasion of the official visit to the Vatican, on November 20 the President of the Republic Giorgio Napoletano donates to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI a silver bas-relief by Nocera entitled "Pace". On January 16th 2007 he inaugurated his solo exhibition "C'era una volta ...", with over 150 works including sculptures, canvases and drawings, at the Monumental Complex of S.Michele a Ripa in Rome under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic , and under the patronage of the Senate, Chamber, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Education and Local Authorities. The exhibition was then also hosted at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Valmontone; at the Palazzo Reale in Naples during the «Maggio dei Monumenti»; in Liège at the Lihermann Gallery (Belgium), in Pescara in the halls of the Ex Aurum and in London at the Pall Mall. In Rome, in October 2010, the Mostra "Oltre il Nido" opens at the Mercati di Traiano.
In 2011 he was present at the 54th Venice Biennale (Corderia dell'Arsenale, Tesa delleVergini) with an installation in iron, Murano glass, rope and bronze, in October of the same year, at the invitation of the Italian Ambassador, Antonio Morabito, presents on the esplanade of the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, an installation entitled Oltre il Mare, inaugurated by SAR Caroline de Hanover; in November 2011 he is in Naples at The Apartment contemporary art. Later the Master exhibited at the Galerie the Alge d'Airain in Monaco. In 2012 he exhibited at the Polo Musea.