Marco Gallotta is an Italian-born, New York city-based artist. He received his associate's degree in fashion illustration and a bachelor’s degree in general illustration from the fashion institute of technology. He grew up in Battipaglia, a town in the Campania region of southwestern Italy, before moving to New York City in 1998. His artistic craft consists mostly of paper-cutting techniques, drawing, painting, and printmaking.
At age 18, Marco left Battipaglia on a quest to explore one of his deepest passions: nature. He moved to the Trentino region in the Italian Alps where he worked as an alpine guide. Mountain exploration, contemplation of landscapes, and close examination of nature’s minute details became régime for Marco during this time. Observation, handcraft, mankind and nature later became the topics of his art production in an early series called ‘deconstructing nature,’ largely inspired by this phase in his life.
In the late 1990s, Marco began working as a promoter for a European street basketball tour. The job entailed frequent travel, which enabled Marco to experience different cultures and lifestyles in various countries across Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Germany, Geneva, and Belgium. During this nomadic period in his life, Marco continued to deepen his knowledge of rich European art history and culture, and embarked upon a new curiosity in the contemporary local art scene.
Today, Marco resides with his wife and daughter in New York City, where he finds inspiration in its urbanscape, distinct artistic facets, and diverse population. He currently practices his craft in an intimate studio workshop in west Harlem. His vast expertise in mixed media techniques, including drawing, painting, and printmaking, add to his work a unique combination of artisan craftsmanship and graphic sensibility. Watercolors, inks, and graphite are intensified with wax coats, sharp cuts, and ingenious collages.