|JeanPaul Mallozzi (Image courtesy of the artist)|
Asked how he's feeling about "kNOBODY," his upcoming debut solo exhibition at Miami's 101/Exhibit, illustrator and painter JeanPaul Mallozzi reveals that he's optimistic and petrified. He feels good about the art, but is worried about drawing people to an off-season show that opens during one of the hottest months of the year.
But Mallozzi likely has nothing to worry about. The gallery, after all, is air-conditioned, and a short video on some of his works has already gotten more than 900 page views. Besides, when it comes to his art, Mallozzi has been on a roll that started in 2011.
"Last year was a very good for me," he admits.
In July 2011, Michael Margulies approached Mallozzi at David Castillo Gallery in Miami, where he was exhibiting in the DCG Open and later signed him to Michael Margulies Artist Agency. Just six months prior, Mallozzi had been approached by Byrna West, founder and director of West Two Gallery in London.
Mallozzi credits his recent recognition to a change in the direction of his work. In late 2010, the artist was having difficulty coming up with ideas for a group show at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami. One afternoon, his frustration led to what he calls a "massive moodswing." Afterward, he laughed about it and decided to expand on the moodswing concept by creating "Mad," "Sad" and "Glad."
Read the rest of Arterpillar's story in the Aug. 5 Lifestyle section of the Sun-Sentinel.
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