Marco Ventura

Born: Italy,1963.  Based in Milan, Italy

The Sculptor's Model, oil painting on board 2015 , Oil Painting Portrait of a Sculptor's Model, with Italian Landscape in the background. Gessoed coated Fabriano paper mounted on a panel cm. 18 x 18.

The Sculptor's Model, oil painting on board 2015, Oil Painting Portrait of a Sculptor's Model, with Italian Landscape in the background. Gessoed coated Fabriano paper mounted on a panel cm. 18 x 18.

 
 

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).


EDUCATION

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.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

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)