Born: Italy,1963. Based in Milan, Italy
the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera in Milan; the School of Visual Arts in New York
MARCO VENTURA was born in Milan, Italy in 1963 and comes from a family of artists. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera in Milan and later on at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He works as a freelance illustrator for publishers and magazines, graphic design and advertising companies worldwide. He received several awards, including two silver medals from the American Society of Illustrators. Feature articles on his work have been published on Novum, 3×3 and Communication Arts. He has designed postage stamps for the British Royal Mail, the Vatican State and the Republic of San Marino. His works are part of private collections and of the Musei Vaticani and two of his paintings were recently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London for the BP AWARD 2015 and 2017. Ventura lives in Milan with his wife Laura Francesca Filippucci (also an illustrator) and their three children, and teaches illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED).
At the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera in Milan and the School of Visual Arts in New York.
RESIDENCIES / AWARDS
2013. 2 Silver Medals American Society of Illustrators ILLUSTRATORS 30 (1988) and ILLUSTRATORS 36 (1994), Silver Cone Prize Italian Art Directors Club (1995), Merit Award Society of Publication Designers (2005) and Premio Internazionale d’Arte Filatelica Religiosa “San Gabriele”(2013).
2007. Work also selected by: Print’s Regional Design and Print’s European Design Annuals, Communication Arts Design and Illustration Annuals, Illustrators, Images (British Association of Illustrators), Graphis, Creativity, American Illustration, The Art Directors Club Annual and Lurzer’s 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2007.
2010-18 VATICAN CITY 2010-2018 STAMP DESIGN by MARCO VENTURA, BalPEX
2017 FACE TO FACE 2017, CassArt Gallery- London.
2017 BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2017, National Portrait Gallery – LONDON 2017 Exeter City Art Gallery – EXETER (UK)
2018 Scottish National Portrait Gallery – EDINBURGH
2018 Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens – SUNDERLAND (UK)
2016 PORTRAIT 16, DegreeART Gallery – LONDON
2016 Ulster Museum – BELFAST
2015 BP PORTRAIT AWARD 2015, National Portrait Gallery – LONDON
2015 Scottish National Portrait Gallery – EDINBURGH
2015 ROYAL SOCIETY of PORTRAIT PAINTERS – Annual Exhibition
2015 Mall Galleries, LONDON
2013 E2’s FOR THE LOVE OF ART, Galleria Bongiovanni – BOLOGNA (Italy)
2011 ROLLING STONE – The Art of THE RECORD REVIEW, Museum of American Illustration – NEW YORK
2009 INGRES ET LES MODERNES, Québec National Fine Arts Museum – QUEBEC and Ingres Museum – MONTAUBAN (France)
2006 NEW ARRIVALS New Voices in Illustration, The Coningsby Gallery – LONDON
2005-07 DIE KUNST DES SPIEGEL, HAMBURG, BERLIN, FRANKFURT am MAIN, DUSSELDORF, BONN, MUNICH, STUTTGART, WADGASSEN (Germany) – VIENNA (Austria), BASEL (Switzerland), NEW YORK, KALININGRAD (Russia) and SHANGHAI (China)
2004 THE ART OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, Museum of American Illustration – NEW YORK
1997 FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG MAGAZIN Illustratoren, Galerie an der Munsterbauhutte – FREIBURG (Germany) 1997.
1996 OUR OWN SHOW Society of Illustrators, Museum of American Illustration – NEW YORK
1987-2008 ILLUSTRATORS 29,30,32,33,34,36,37,38,39,40,41,43,44,48,50; Museum of American Illustration – NEW YORK
1995 MARCO VENTURA “Illustrazioni Americane”, Galleria dell’Istituto Europeo di Design – MILAN (Italy)