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. 

Why I make art: I have a fascination with color, light, space, shape, movement, and the creative process. I’m always learning to look and learning to see. I love expressing my life experience through abstract expression. This best describes why I make art. I’m an inspired eclectic. 

Background: I inherited the motivation to paint and draw from my mother, who was an art student. I also had ancestors, many whom were painters and designers. As a child I drew and painted. I moved on to cartooning and illustration in middle school in Rome, Italy. Back in California, I majored in art at Humboldt State University, graduating in 1973. 

I entered the Peace Corps in 1973 and served in Guatemala until 1977. I continued to sketch and draw in an environment rich in color and experience. 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, in Southern Africa, with a local community education organization. 

I retired from a 30-year career with the University of California in 2011. I’m now back to excogitating: creating art full time. 

Where to see my art: Shows and Events


I'm  a Featured Artist at Gallery 113 for the months of December and January, 2020. A selection of my paintings are hanging in the gallery’s mezzanine. Stop by tonight Thursday, January 2 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.

What’s new?



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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Excogitation Services: Original Art and Design

Santa Barbara, CA , USA

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