Spotlight: Artist Angelo Mariano
It's Sunday, so it's time to introduce you to a wonderfully talented artist. His name is Angelo Mariano and his work is consistently amazing! It is an honor to feature his work on the Jimmy Broccoli page and website today. Below is a link to a video that showcases much of his art - and it's definitely worth a look!
I ran across Angelo's paintings several months ago and have paid close attention to his offerings since. I've been a huge fan of horror flicks for decades, so I recognize many of the characters/subjects captured in Angelo paintings. Angelo often re-creates favorite scenes from films in new, interesting, and brilliant ways, so every painting breathes in original air and is presented underneath original lighting. Angelo's incredible attention to detail and the vibrant colors chosen add almost otherworldly aspects that make his work unforgettable.
In Angelo Mariano's own words:
"Back in the 80's, my tiny home town in Apulia (South Italy) had only one rundown movie theatre; during the weekdays they had porn and on the weekend often some horror flicks. Since I was only 10 years old I had no choice but to pick horror. One Sunday, in the deserted place I saw Evil Dead of Raimi (La casa for us) and I almost crapped in my pants. Then I went back and saw The Mountain of the Cannibal God... That time I watched all three shows to get at the last scene with a naked Ursula Andress among funny cannibals; I got home after midnight, got punished by my dad, but... I was hooked!"
Angelo has been drawing since his childhood and, after receiving a degree with honors in Philosophy at the University of Bologna, he moved to New York in 2000 to pursue a professional career as a visual artist and as a teacher.
"Painting gives me the possibility to suggest without defining; it is a game that involves the author and the viewer with a freedom that goes beyond the rigidity of words".
- Angelo Mariano
Angelo has been studying painting and etching from 2001 to 2005 at The Art Students League of New York and in 2003 he won a grant for a Summer painting course at the Marchutz School in Aix en Provence, France.
His works are in private collections in USA, Canada, Europe and Japan.
Angelo's website - angelomarianoart.com
A MUST WATCH - Video of Angelo's work - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRnzkjCwnZM