Michael Marzolla’s work explores his fascination with color, light, space, shape, movement and the creative process. The terms that best describe his motivation to make art are learning to look and learning to see using the freedom of abstract expression. He is an inspired eclectic.
“Over the rise”, acrylic on canvas, 8”x8”,
© A. Michael Marzolla, 2014
Michael was born in Oakland, CA. and spent his early childhood in the Bay Area. In 1958, his family moved to Rome, Italy, which inspired his artistic endeavors. As a child, he spent hours drawing and painting and began cartooning and illustrating in middle school in Rome. He returned to the States in 1962, and attended high school in Long Beach, CA., where he became the cartoonist and illustrator for the school newspaper. After high school, Michael served in the US Coast Guard, and then majored in art at Humboldt State University, where he studied under Jim Anderson, Leslie Price and Stephen Daley. He graduated in 1973, with a degree in Fine Arts. He served in the Peace Corps from 1973 to 1977, in Guatemala, Central America. Michael’s assignment included developing educational illustrations and cartoons. In Guatemala, he met and traveled with the painter and sculpture, Peter A. Bradley, who encouraged his eclectic style. After the Peace Corps, he attended graduate school at UMass in Amherst, Massachusetts, and majored in non-formal international education. He then worked in Lesotho, Southern Africa with a local community education organization and his assignment included the training of the organization’s local artist/illustrator team. Michael has lived in Santa Barbara since 1983. Michael had a 30 year career as an educator with the University of California.
He is now focused on painting, drawing and photography. He exhibits with the Abstract Art Collective.
Influences: Goya and El Greco, Turner, HonoréDaumier. Morris Graves, Sam Francis, Hockney, Rothko, Stella, Morris Louis, Motherwell, Peter Bradley, and the Mexican muralists Ribera, Orzoco and Siquieros. Cartoonists R. Crumb, Danny O’Neill, Ralph Steadman, Bill Mauldin, Walt Kelly.