Artist Statement

Personal expression and the creative process using the exploration of color, light and  motion, best represent why I am drawn to making art.

 I remember picking up a pencil and drawing as a kid. My middle school years were spent in Rome, Italy, where I was exposed to a wide variety of art and artists. I filled tablets with sketches and watercolors and started cartooning. In high school, I was the cartoonist and artist for the school paper and continued to sketch and paint for pleasure. It was natural for me to pursue a degree in studio art at the college level.   I received a degree in Fine Arts from Humboldt State University.

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Art for causes: check out these exhibitions – and buy art!

I have donated art to the following exhibits. I hope you can join me in supporting these worthy efforts.

“Cartooning in the abstract” 2013, 12”x16”, mixed media & acrylic on board; © 2013 A. Michael Marzolla
“Cartooning in the abstract” 2013, 12”x16”, mixed media & acrylic on board; © 2013 A. Michael Marzolla

“Cartooning in the abstract” 12”X16”xx1.5″ acrylic on panel ; © 2013 A. Michael Marzolla

Excogitation on metamorpho

“Excogitation on metamorpho” , acrylic on panel, 8”x8”x1.5″, © 2014 A. Michael Marzolla $45.00

 

”Cicli”, acrylic on canvas, 8”x8”,  © A. Michael Marzolla, 2014
”Cicli”, acrylic on canvas, 8”x8”, © A. Michael Marzolla, 2014

”Cicli”, acrylic on canvas, 8”x8”x1.5″, © A. Michael Marzolla, 2014 $45.00

“a la vuelta”, acrylic on canvas, 8”x8” x1.5",  © A. Michael Marzolla 2014
“a la vuelta”, acrylic on canvas, 8”x8” x1.5″,
© A. Michael Marzolla 2014

“a la vuelta”, acrylic on canvas, 8”x8”x1.5″ ,
© A. Michael Marzolla 2014 $45.00

 

“raizes”, acrylic on panel, 8”x8” x1.5",  © A. Michael Marzolla 2014
“raizes”, acrylic on panel, 8”x8” x1.5″,
© A. Michael Marzolla 2014 .  $45.00

“raizes”, acrylic on panel, 8”x8” x1.5″,
© A. Michael Marzolla 2014

 

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“Primavera 2”, acrylic on canvas, 24”x36”x1.5” framed; © 2014 A. Michael Marzolla  SOLD

Another show to support Get Oil Out…

Here is a preview of the works I have contributed to the show:

“Bandera Negra”, acrylic on canvas, 18”x24”x1.5”© 2014 A. Michael Marzolla $850.00
“Bandera Negra”, acrylic on canvas, 18”x24”x1.5”© 2014 A. Michael Marzolla $850.00

“Bandera Negra”, acrylic on canvas, 18”x24”x1.5” © 2014 A. Michael Marzolla $850.00

Breaking news: This image was banned from the show by GOO.  It was removed from the wall after it had been hung in the activist section of the show. It is still for sale.  Half of the proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of 350.org or a similar NGO that fights local fossil fuel development.

 

"Lloviendo ranas”, acrylic and crayon on panel, 24”x36”x1.5” © 2014 A. Michael Marzolla Price: $1650.00
“Lloviendo ranas”, acrylic and crayon on panel, 24”x36”x1.5” © 2014 A. Michael Marzolla
Price: $1650.00
“Lloviendo ranas”, acrylic and crayon on panel, 24”x36”x1.5” © 2014 A. Michael Marzolla
Price: $1650.00
“Santo Gojira vs. Big Oil”, mixed media on panel, 10.3/4”x133/4”, framed © 2014A. Michael Marzolla
“Santo Gojira vs. Big Oil”, mixed media on panel, 10.3/4”x133/4”, framed © 2014A. Michael Marzolla

“Santo Gojira vs. Big Oil”, mixed media on panel, 10.3/4”x133/4”, © 2014A. Michael Marzolla

 “Aguas azules”, acrylic on panel, 24”x36” x1.5”© 2014 A. Michael Marzolla Price: $1650.00

“Aguas azules”, acrylic on panel, 24”x36”x1.5″ © 2014 A. Michael Marzolla     Price: $1650.00

“Vecchio soto aqua”, acrylic on canvas, 9”x12” framed,  © A. Michael Marzolla, 2014

“Old man head-above-water?”, framed acrylic on canvas, 9“x12”, © 2013 A. Michael Marzolla

Price: $450.00

Art piratical

Maybe it is my interest in all maritime related topics and the conduction of human behavior, misbehavior and the environment. I present here a selection of my pirate-related images for your enjoyment (or rejection!).

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The nervous pirate flag“Bandera Negra”, acrylic on canvas, 18”x24”x1.5”© 2014 A. Michael Marzolla $850.00

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El Malo, digital painting,  16″x20″x1.5″, printed on canvas,  © 2013, A. Michael Marzolla $350.00

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“The Nervous Pirate Flag”,© 2013 A. Michael Marzolla,.Created on my iPad. Available on t-shirts, flags, posters, mugs and buttons.

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”El Feo”, acrylic and cloth on board, 16”x16″x1.5″,  © A. Michael Marzolla, 2014  – an interpretation of the pirate Black Beard

Belizian Pirate Restaurant, photoprint on canvas, 20”x16”x1.5”, © 2012 A. Michael Marzolla. $350.00
Belizian Pirate Restaurant, photoprint on canvas, 20”x16”x1.5”, © 2012 A. Michael Marzolla. $350.00

Marzozart online benefit sale for the Shelley Show- ask about a collector’s discount!

The following original artworks are going to soon be available  at the upcoming Shelley Show Benefit online sale. Please stay tuned!

“Bandera Rosa”, mixed media, 24”x24”x1.5", © A. Michael Marzolla  $1,350.00
“Bandera Rosa”, mixed media, 24”x24”x1.5″, © A. Michael Marzolla $1,350.00

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El Guapo, digital painting on canvas, 20”x14”x1.5″ framed ©  2013 A.Michael Marzolla, $350.00

“Luminescent Excogitation” Digital painting on canvas, 14”X20”X1.5”  © 2013, A. Michael Marzolla $375.00
“Luminescent Excogitation” Digital painting on canvas, 14”X20”X1.5” © 2013, A. Michael Marzolla $375.00
“En Punto”, acrylic on board, 11”x14”, © A. Michael Marzolla  $375.00
“Santa Cruz Island Sunset”, photo, 8″x8”  © A. Michael Marzolla $175.00
The trail in Tikal National Park, Peten, Guatemala, 2011. Photograph printed on canvas. $250.00
The trail in Tikal National Park, Peten, Guatemala, 2011. Photograph printed on canvas, 8″x35″x1.5″ panoramic. $275.00
“A Tribute to Ned Kelly I”, 2013, acrylic on canvas, framed, 18”x24”x1.5" ; © A. Michael Marzolla, $840.00
“A Tribute to Ned Kelly I”, 2013, acrylic on canvas, framed, 18”x24”x1.5″ ; © A. Michael Marzolla, $840.00
“ A Tribute to Ned Kelly II”, mixed media & acrylic on canvas; 24”x36” framed; © A. Michael Marzolla, $1,200.00
“ A Tribute to Ned Kelly II”, mixed media & acrylic on canvas; 24”x36” framed; © A. Michael Marzolla, $1,200.00

 

“Ned Kelly as an Old Man”, 2013; acrylic on canvas, 24”x36”, framed. © A. Michael Marzolla $1,200.00
“Ned Kelly as an Old Man”, 2013; acrylic on canvas, 24”x36”, framed. © A. Michael Marzolla $1,200.00

 

“Pakal I”, 2013, acrylic on board, 16x20”x1.5" framed;© A. Michael Marzolla. $1,200
“Pakal I”, 2013, acrylic on board, 16×20”x1.5″ framed;© A. Michael Marzolla. $1,200
Untitled, 2013, 16”x20”x1.5", framed, acrylic on board, © A. Michael Marzolla. $975.00
Untitled, 2013, 16”x20”x1.5″, framed, acrylic on board, © A. Michael Marzolla. $975.00
“Luminescent Excogitation” Digital painting on canvas, 14”X20”X1.5”  © 2013, A. Michael Marzolla $375.00
“Luminescent Excogitation” Digital painting on canvas, 14”X20”X1.5” © 2013, A. Michael Marzolla $375.00

About Marzozart

“Luminescent Excogitation” Digital painting on canvas © 2013, A. Michael Marzolla $375.00
“Luminescent Excogitation” Digital painting on canvas © 2013, A. Michael Marzolla $375.00

 

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.

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“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.