Excogitation Services: Visual Arts & Design by A. Michael Marzolla

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About Excogitation Services


I'm an artist and excogitator. My art is available for sale and I do accept commissions. 

Where to see my art: Shows and Events


Once again I am a Featured Artist at Gallery 113 for the months of January and February, 2019. A selection of my paintings are hanging in the gallery’s mezzanine. Stop by tonight Thursday, January 3 from 5-8 PM for the show’s reception. There will be refreshments. The gallery is open daily from 11AM-5PM daily.

****My painting:Ain't afraid of no ghost won first prize in the Goleta Old Town Association show themed: Alebrijes:Embrace the Fantastic 

The show is located in  Old Town Coffee 

5877 Hollister Ave. in Goleta. The show runs through November 4th.

Nature Abstracted at the Wilding Gallery in Solvang: I have two pieces that were selected for this pioneering show- the first abstract show at The Wilding. The show runs through February 4th, 2019. For details: http://www.wildlingmuseum.org/current

I also have two pieces that were selected for the Abstract Open IV show at the Channing Peake Gallery. The painting "The Sea at Angles" was selected for an honorable mention. For details see:  https://abstractartcollective.com/current-upcoming-exhibitions/). The show opens October 29the and runs through February 21, 2019.


"On A.P.S."_acrylic on panel_©2016 by A. Michael Marzolla in a private collection

-"Thank you very much-I'm still so happy with "A.P.S." whenever I drive that road, I always have the feeling there is so much more for me to see." -L.G.

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This large piece that I created on with mixed media on Mylar was sold to a private collector.  Working on opaque Mylar is a pleasure. It accepts various media and it is very durable. It also stores easily.

Stay tuned: I will be letting you in on my promotions and discounts. 

Big News: Witness to a Dream/Testigo a un Sueño


My new photo essay, "Witness to a Dream/Testigo a un Sueño is about to released in book format. The photos describe the time I spent with an agricultural cooperative in El Salvador in 1976-'77. Copies will be available for purchase.

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My Story and I'm sticking to it!

My background

I am a well-travelled Santa Barbara California based artist. I was born in Oakland California.

Perhaps I inherited the motivation to paint and draw from my Mom and from our ancestors. My mother was an art student and several ancestors were painters and designers. As a child I started drawing and painting and I moved on to cartooning and illustration in middle school and high school. I majored in art at Humboldt State University, graduating in 1973. 

My experience

 I entered the Peace Corps in 1973 and served in Guatemala until 1977 where I continued to sketch and draw in a environment rich in color. My assignment included developing educational illustrations  and cartoons. After the Peace Corps I went on to graduate school at UMass in Amherst, Massachusetts, majoring in nonformal international education. This led me to work in Lesotho, Southern Africa with a local community education organization. Part of my assignment included the training of the organization’s local artist/illustrator team. !

Artistic Influences: In the late 50’s and early 60’s I lived in Rome, Italy with my

family. While studying in the university I spent five summers in Europe, visiting

my family. I was fortunate to be exposed to classical and modern art. It was all

around me. There I learned to appreciate the Spaniards, Goya and El Greco in

particular,Turner and Honoré Daumier. On to art school at Humboldt State

University in the early 70’s. There I was exposed to the artists of the time: Morris

Graves, Sam Francis, Hockney, Rothko, Stella, Morris Louis, Motherwell and

many others. Georgia O’Keeffe stimulated my imagination and touched my soul. I

was very much influenced by the Mexican muralists Ribera, Orzoco and

Siquieros, and the American Indian painter Fritz Scholder by their combinations

of color, design, movement and political allegory inspired me. I was also drawn

to the cartoonists R. Crumb, Danny O’Neil, Bill Mauldin and Walt Kelly. 

My vision

  Personal expression and the creative process using the exploration of color, light and motion, best represent why I am drawn to making art. I describe myself as an inspired painter and eclectic producer of visual arts .  The work I create is the sum of my travels, my friendships and the world around me. My portfolio includes abstract art, representational pieces, prints,  photography and publcations.


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Excogitation Services: Original Art and Design

Santa Barbara, CA , USA

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