Marco Ventura by Susanne Schaller, NOVUM APRIL 2001.

Born the son of artist parents, Ventura grew up with brushes and paint. As a child he spent the summer months with his parents and two brothers at a farmhouse near Arezzo in Tuscany, where he still recalls his fascination with the frescoes of Piero della Francesca in the church of San Francesco and in the Borgo San Sepolcro. “I remember the damp smell of these places and the signs on the old walls which still seemed to speak out to me after 500 years”. From then on he devoted his time to studying Italian art, in particular the art of the Tuscan Renaissance. He particularly admires the work of Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini, and also that of Ingres and the German romantics like Caspar David Friedrich. Unhappy with the course at the art academy in Milan, he left after two years to study on the other side of the Atlantic at the School of Visual Arts in New York. After finishing his degree he returned to Italy, worked for three years in a graphic design studio and then set upon his own as a freelance illustrator in 1988. His realistically antique style held his own in the mainstream and well known magazines and publishers started to sit up and take notice of him: The New York Times Book Review, Playboy, Esquire, Talk, Print, Forbes and German magazines like Der Spiegel, Freundin and Frankfurter Allgemeine Magazin are among his clients. But posters of The Body Shop in London and the New York music school Juilliard, and many book covers are also to be found in his portfolio of pictures, inspired by the art and technique of Italian and Flemish masters. 37-years-old Ventura starts by making a chiaroscuro drawing on paper treated with plaster, and then finishes his mostly small format works of art with the finest brush strokes, oil paint and varnish. In this way Marco Ventura manages to bring the rapt aura of old paintings into his reperesentation – all done in the style and manner of his masterly predecessors.