Marco Mazzoni’s work is getting a lot of attention these days, for good reason – it’s exquisitely beautiful, provocavitve, and masterful. Coloured pencils, no less. I first heard of him when he was the featured artist in Hi-Fructose, but have been hearing more and more about him lately, and seeing his work popping up in magazines and all over the internet. This is not entirely unsurprising; Mazzoni not only quite talented but impressively prolific, and has been exhibiting in multiple galleries over the last year all over Europe & the US.
A resident of Milan, Mazzoni’s work touches on themes from folklore, mythology, and “references to the Sardinian female-based societies from 16th to the 18th centuries which conserved their culture through the storytelling”. Okay, I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Sardinian history & folklore, but google to the rescue – you can read more here. Pretty fertile grounds for art-making, in any case, and Mazzoni certainly makes good use of it.
Mazzoni has a new show opening at Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle on June 8th, “Death and the Maiden” – the piece below will be part of that exhibition.
Hopefully this small taste of Mazzoni’s ouevre has stimulated your appetite – more of his gorgeous, fascinating work can be seen on his blog.