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

I am currently showing in three galleries here in Santa Barbara: 

Abstract Art Collective's 4th Annual ArtSEE Fundraiser

and Summer Membership Exhibition

Location: Jewish Federation's Bronfman Family Jewish Community Center

Exhibition: June 1 thru August 9, 2018

ArtSEE SEE Int'l Opening Reception: June 10, 2018, 2–4pm

Closing Reception: August 7, 2018, 5–7pm

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also at Gallery 113, 1114 Suite 8 State St. , Santa Barbara 


The Santa Barbara Art Association June show at the Faulkner Gallery in the Downtown Public Library here in Santa Barbara.


"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?

Very happy to report the completion of my recent commission of a 36”x60” Painting titled “Into the Anthropocene” for my good friend Chip Stanish, Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Culture and the Environment at the University of South Florida.The painting will be hanging in the Institutes conference room.

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 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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