Marco Gallotta: OBAMA PORTRAIT

Marco Gallotta: OBAMA PORTRAIT

Marco Gallotta is an Italian-born, New York City-based artist. He received his associate's degree in fashion illustration and a bachelor’s degree in general illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. He grew up in Italy, before moving to New York City in 1998. His artistic craft consists mostly of paper-cutting techniques, drawing, painting, and printmaking. Today, Marco resides with his wife and daughter in New York City, where he finds inspiration in its urbanscape, distinct artistic facets, and diverse population. He currently practices his craft in an intimate studio workshop in West Harlem. His vast expertise in mixed media techniques, including drawing, painting, and printmaking, add to his work a unique combination of artisan craftsmanship and graphic sensibility. Watercolors, inks, and graphite are applied to photographs that are then cut out. Layers of cut-out photographs, paper and other materials are strategically overlapped to create ingenious compositions. His clients include Nike, Vogue, the United Nations, Radio City Music Hall, Academy Award winner Ennio Morricone, actor Will Smith. NBA playerGigi Datome. www.marcogallotta.net

Marco Gallotta is an Italian-born, New York City-based artist. He received his associate's degree in fashion illustration and a bachelor’s degree in general illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. He grew up in Italy, before moving to New York City in 1998. His artistic craft consists mostly of paper-cutting techniques, drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Today, Marco resides with his wife and daughter in New York City, where he finds inspiration in its urbanscape, distinct artistic facets, and diverse population. He currently practices his craft in an intimate studio workshop in West Harlem. His vast expertise in mixed media techniques, including drawing, painting, and printmaking, add to his work a unique combination of artisan craftsmanship and graphic sensibility. Watercolors, inks, and graphite are applied to photographs that are then cut out. Layers of cut-out photographs, paper and other materials are strategically overlapped to create ingenious compositions.

His clients include Nike, Vogue, the United Nations, Radio City Music Hall, Academy Award winner Ennio Morricone, actor Will Smith. NBA playerGigi Datome.

www.marcogallotta.net

PROCESS

My artistic craft consists mostly of photographic images that I manipulate through cutting, overlapping, drawing, and painting. Through this process, images are transformed into new organic forms that find an existential dimension through a powerful osmosis with nature and its elements.

SERIES

This piece is part of a series that will be presented at One Art Space Gallery in Tribeca in June. The title of the show is “Primary Obverse”, and it is a two-person exhibition featuring individual and collaborative works from me (Marco Gallotta) and Brazilian artist Bruno Big that investigate the power and importance of the portrait. This exhibition includes artwork that features change-makers, everyday heroes and people who have influenced their communities and our world in positive and powerful ways.

Marco Gallotta | Obama | cut-out paper, collage and acrylics | 20x26

Marco Gallotta | Obama | cut-out paper, collage and acrylics | 20x26

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