A Modern Age Master: Marco Mazzoni

Jan 10

A Modern Age Master: Marco Mazzoni

For years I’ve followed Italian colored-pencil artist, Marco Mazzoni, illustrator of pouty-lipped, slightless woman enveloped in blossoms, butterflies, and birds. Embedded with symbolism, Mazzoni’s art describes the relationship between humans and nature so illustratively you might wonder about the story of each subject portrayed. We are lucky to have the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his work.

Read on my friends…

Marco, tell us…


How do you find inspiration? Do you have a muse?

I find inspiration from the mystical tales of an Italian region, Sardinia. I need symbols that people have been handed down to describe women with a strong position in society.

Many of your portraits use deep darks and cool colors. In what way do those tones play a role in your work?

It depends on the period. I especially work with complementary colors; if I start a work with blue, I need pink for the parts I want to emphasize (or green with red).

In your art, you use combinations of flowers, birds, and butterflies. Do they have a significant meaning to you?

Yes, I try to create a circle in my works. There are animals that carry pollen (hummingbirds and butterflies) for the medical plants required for humanity’s survival. I try to describe the exact moment where the nature is perfectly harmonious from all the elements living together.

Do you ever show your work to others before its finished? Are you ever self-conscious about your work?

My friends know all the steps of my work, and I need them to understand where I can improve. I’m not self-conscious… I’m inside my work, and thus I hate every work I’ve just finished.

Some may argue there is a fine line between fine art and illustration. Do you agree, and which do you fall in?

I do exhibitions, and I work with art galleries, but a lot of people think my works are illustrations even though I’ve never worked as an illustrator. It’s not a difference between them…I think there are a lot of illustrators that create art better than some fine artists.

What would your advice be to young,
aspiring fine artists?

The only advice is to do what you want without listening to anyone telling you what is better for you.

If you could have one super power what would it be and why?

I don’t know… probably try to have some power like “Misfits.”

What is your favorite Prismacolor product?

I use the pencil sharpener of Prismacolor: is the best sharpener in the world.

Finish this sentence, “I am…”

…addicted to TV.



-Guest Writer Samantha DeCarlo


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