Mark Anthony Gucciardi was born in 1970 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and at the age of 5, his family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. As a child, his love or drawing often created problems for him in class, but he managed to graduate high school and find a position as a framer for Coffey & Thompson Fine Art Gallery & Framing in Charlotte. It was there that he was introduced to the work of North Carolina artist Ben Long and Minnesota artist Charles Gilbert Kapsner. The high level of craftsmanship in these artists’ work inspired Gucciardi to pursue a career as a professional painter, and in 1998 he moved to Florence to attend The Florence Academy of Art. During the last two years at the academy, Gucciardi became an assistant drawing instructor for the Drawing and Sculpture Programs. In addition, he taught figure, landscape, and portrait painting during summer workshops. While in Florence, Gucciardi also taught at The Florence Design Academy and the Scuola Internazionale di Comics.
In 2012, he returned to the United States, where he currently paints from his studio at Coffey & Thompson Fine Art Gallery & Framing. His subject matter includes still lifes, landscapes, nudes, portraits, and copies of Old Master paintings. Gucciardi’s work can be found in private collections in Europe, Asia, and North America.