I was first introduced to the work of Surrealist painter JeanPaul Mallozzi when he did some pieces for Sketchy Miami last year. A mutual friend, Arthur Metz, emailed me one of his pieces called Secrets, featuring two little girls whispering to each other, their pretty faces a patch of bright color. The piece was magical. Since then, I have been an avid watcher of his work. For some unknown reason, I still have not quite made the leap to collector, an error which will be rectified this weekend at his first solo show, kN0B0DY.
“Moods and emotions have a color and vibration that manifests itself in the body. People can read emotion on a face and even more so in someone’s body language. I chose to combine the two ideas of energy and posture but instead of rendering an actual face replacing it with gestural line work and color almost like how a child would draw a face but rendering the body carefully. It acts like a keyhole into how a person is feeling from within.” says Mallozzi of his work.
He was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design. He graduated with a B.F.A in Illustration and his works have been shown in galleries in New York, Washington D.C., Miami, and London. He has been featured by Beautiful/Decay, 3×3 Magazine‘s new talent gallery, and Vol.6 of Carpaccio’s Guide to emerging artists.
Metz had this to say about the artist, “I was introduced to JeanPaul Mallozzi’s art about 3 years ago, impressed with the style and images, as well as the illustrative detail I immediately acquired a piece of his work. Since, I have become a collector and great fan, telling people to follow his career and collect now. A portrait of me gets raves from everyone who sees it. This interruptive portrait is unquestionably me although at points there are abstractions that enhance rather than distract. Mallozzi’s work in general is a perfect combination of illustration and fine art painting with a touch of fantasy, totally unique and uniquely his. It’s wonderful to see JP get his first solo show at a gallery such as 101, with its fine reputation for only showing the most carefully curated and established artists.
The exhibition will take place at 101 Exhibit, 101 Northeast 40th St; Miami. Reception on August 10th from 6-10pm. For info: marguliesagency.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.