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 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.
The new Abstract Arts Collective show benefiting SEE has been hung and will open tomorrow morning, 10AM at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Downtown Public Library. I have several ieces in the show. Check out the event flyer for details.
Here are a few of my smaller pieces donated to the benefit and available for purchase:
Nice dose of rain today. This afternoon I attended my friend Sojourner Kincade-Rolle’s induction ceremony as Santa Barbara’s Poet Laurette at City Hall. On the way out of the building I noticed that there was an exhibition of Ray Strong paintings including these two gems… two color charts that Ray painted:
The rain stopped and I was able to reopen my studio.
Here are a few images that I recorded today:
Working in the studio…
making certain that the work measures up…
and a detail of a painting I’m working on.
One of my recent projects… do you think it’s safe to let this character out in public? What do you think?
The Abstract Arts Collective’s new show is up at the TVSB Multimedia Center at 329 South Salinas Street, here in Santa Barbara. The show’s reception will be on Friday, April 3rd from 5-7 PM. Please stop by and see a very interesting show. The show is a benefit for TVSB and 25% of sales will help support their efforts. I have three pieces in this juried show:
Please join me here in Santa Barbara for First Thursday opening reception at at Casa Magazine’s office and gallery located at 23 E. Canon Perdido St.. this Thursday, February 5th from 5-8:00 PM. I have one piece in this juried show (see below). The show’s theme is Valentine’s Day.