Michael Marzolla work explores his fascination with color, light, space, shape,
Michael Marzolla Artist Bio movement and the creative process; Learning to look and learning to see; The freedom of abstract expression: these terms best describe his motivation to make art. He is an inspired eclectic.
He was born in Oakland, CA in 1948. The son of an oil company executive, he spent his early childhood in the Bay Area and the family moved to Rome, Italy in 1958. As a child he spent hours drawing and painting. He began cartooning and doing illustrations in middle school in Rome. Returning to the states in 1962 the family settled in Seal Beach, California and he attended high school in nearby Long Beach, where he became the cartoonist and illustrator for the school newspaper. After high school, he went on to serve in the US Coast Guard. Michael went on major in art at Humboldt State University, where he studied under Jim Anderson, Leslie Price and Stephen Daley, graduating in 1973. He entered the Peace Corps in 1973 and served in Guatemala, Central America until 1977. 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 After the Peace Corps He attended graduate school at UMass in Amherst, Massachusetts, and majored in non- formal international education. he went on to work in Lesotho, Southern Africa with a local community education organization.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 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, Honoré Daumier. 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’Neil, Ralph Steadman, Bill Mauldin, Walt Kelly.
I am inviting you to stop by Gallery 113 to visit my “Featured Artist” exhibit in Gallery 113 located at 1114 State Street in the picturesque La Arcada court, Gallery 113 offers only original work https://sbartassoc.org/gallery-113/.
I have three pieces in two different galleries this month. At Gallery 113 there is a benefit show for the Los Padres Forest Watch. I’m also showing with the Santa Barbara Sculpture Guild at the Faulkner Gallery.
At Gallery 113:
At the Faulkner:
I’m happy to report that both of my donated pieces to the ArtSEE Show held at the Faulkner Gallery in September sold, and the monies will cover the expenses for restoring the sight to two people. I really like that!
I have two pieces that were selected for the soon-to-open Farenheit 93101 Show at Voice (aka CASA) Magazine at 23 E. Canon Perdido in Santa Barbara. The show is a benefit for the Community Envronmental Center in response to climate change. The opening recepting will be this First Thursday, September 1 from 5-8PM.
The Abstract Art Collective in collaboration with the non-profit SEE International have a show opening this First Thursday as well. Here are my 10″x10″ panels completed for the Abstract Art Collective fundraiser for SEE International at the Faulkner Gallery.
100 panels for $100 each. Reception: Thursday, Sept. 1, 5-8
Please pass the word!
I have two paintings in the new gallery show at Casa Magazine, 23 E. Canon Perdido St. The show is titled “Let Your Imagination Transport You”. The show opens tomorrow, First Thursday, May 5th from 5-8PM. Please stop by for a visit!
I was fortunate to participate in a solar printmaking workshop with noted artist Dan Welden at the Rusty Barn Studio in Goleta this March 14-16.Solar printmaking is a ecologically more friendly technique than traditional acid etching. For details on the solar plate making go to: http://www.danwelden.com
Here are three new works, all acrylic on canvas, 24″x24″x1.5″ that I have yet to title. There is one more in the works, same size and medium. These pieces build on my interest in cartooning, abstraction and the Mexican muralists.