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29 Sep Artist Spotlight: Mark Gucciardi

When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?

I started my career in art in the cafeteria of Myers Park High School selling signed photocopies of my latest drawings so I could eat lunch. I had my first exhibition at Studios on the Square Gallery in Roanoke, Virginia in the spring of 1995.

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words…

Figurative, Natural-Realist, Traditional

Describe your artistic process and preparation.

The most important thing about my painting and drawing is, if possible, to use natural north light or a good artificial substitute. For me, proper lighting is everything and the rest of it falls into place.

Favorite piece you’ve created to date and why?
“La Bisnonna di Terranova di Pollino”…It’s my children’s great-great-grandmother who I had the pleasure of meeting her just once before she passed away in Italy.

Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?

Ben Long and Pietro Annigoni are my main influences that pushed me into classical training. Other influences include many of the great artists that I had the honor of studying under at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy like Daniel Graves and Ramiro Sanchez.

Biggest accomplishment to date?

My artwork can be found on every continent. That is my biggest accomplishment to date along with participating in two exhibitions with Ben Long.

Favorite location to create/what is your studio like?

My studio in Hart-Witzen Gallery in Charlotte.

A random fact about you?

I speak fluent Italian and play multiple musical instruments and compose my own music.

One thing you couldn’t live without?

Freedom and Liberty

Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?

Ben Long, Pietro Annigoni, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Waterhouse.

Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?

To establish in Charlotte a classical art attiolier for the training of professional painters.

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