Artist Statement

... painting at
Wat Suthat, Bangkok

Rocky and Me in Thailand

Historical architecture has been a pet interest of mine for many years. In New York City, during the 1970s, I participated in  the preservation and landmarking of the 19th century mansions standing between 5Th and Madison Avenues; these elegant homes were threatened by real estate developers too eager to tear them down and erect apartment highrises instead. Back then I lived at the Gould-Jennings Mansion located opposite the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I have felt drawn to Asian cultures since I was a boy, I studied Cultural Anthropology and Japanese language in College. I chose Japanese Civilization as my major, and lived in Kyoto, traveled round China and later Tibet.

In 1990, I left my home in the Upper Eastside of Manhattan and relocated to the Orient. After a stint in India,  I settled in Thailand. From my base in Bangkok, in the manner of the Orientalist artists of old, for years I roamed South Asia, the Far East, and Southeast Asia where in situ I recorded in India-ink and watercolor the Hinduist and Buddhist sacred monuments and their arts. I  researched the engineering and the symbolism entrenched in those magnificent constructions which are in fact man's vision of cosmic mansions concretized in brick and mortar, enlivened with richly painted murals and sculptures that depict the dramas of mankind's unbreakable bond with the divine, humanity's hankering after everlasting happiness and immortality, and  the ongoing fight between good and evil. I wrote and lectured on these subjects.

The two Galleries contain a retrospective of the artworks that I created during the past 25 years in Asia, therefore you will notice stylistic and topical changes.

The oil paintings on Canvas represent various stages of my existence, among these are scenes of my childhood, Catholic upbringing, love of horses, and travels.

The cat portrait series is my latest output, whereby I question the limiting notions of collective reality which are imposed upon us gradually by culture as we grow into adulthood. This conditioning results in a sort of inner blindness in our dealings with nature; this numbness sets over our minds and dulls our perception. I cared for 9 street cats in Bangkok, and through daily interacting with them I got to perceive beneath the fur astonishing personalities, a fact which debunks the generally held views that animals are just animals. 

In September 2015, I left Thailand and settled in a village of Haute Vienne, France. One more expatriation, one more adventure. In the spring of 2018, I published two novels with Edilivre, THE NAIL IN THE EYE, about dishonesty in love, and THE SHIFTING SANDS. The latter was inspired by my stay at my aunt's in Algeria during my adolescence.

Originals and prints of my work are for sale on William Marazzi - Artwork Collections - Fine Art America.

You can watch my vidoes on Youtube.

 

 

 

Education

Lycee Charlemagne, Paris

Herbert H. Lehman College, N.Y.C.(Cultural Anthropology)

New School for Social Research, N.Y.C. (Japanese Studies)

Internship, The Asia Society, The Rockefeller Collection of Asian Arts, N.Y.C.

Professional Activities

Art restorer and muralist, N.Y.C.

Art Teacher: 53rd Street YWCA, The Harlem School of the Arts, Manhattan; French Lycee, The International Art Center - the Alliance Francaise, Bangkok.

Organizer of the International Art Festival, Haiti, 1982.

Cultural Anthropological fieldwork, Japan, China, 1983.

Art in the field: Mexico, Guatemala, Nepal, Tibet, Egypt, Polynesia. The Far East, Southeast Asia, and South Asia for twenty-one years.

Art Columnist: Living in Thailand Magazine, American Express Expression Magazine, Bangkok.

Guest Lecturer: The Bangkok National Museum. Topics: Thai traditional painted arts, Japanese Buddhism, Asia's sacred Architecture.

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

 

2003 Carpediem Galleries, Bangkok.

1996 The Hilton International Hotel Gallery, Bangkok, (exhibition sponsored by Nescafe).

1994 The Arnoma Swiss Hotel Gallery, Bangkok, (exhibition sponsored by Nescafe).

1992 The Hilton International Hotel Gallery, Bangkok, ( exhibition sponsored by Nestle Thailand).

1992 The Neilson Hays Library Gallery, Bangkok.

1992 The Landmark Hotel and Plaza Gallery, Bangkok.

1991 Gallery 29, The Alliance Francaise, Bangkok.

1991 The Landmark Hotel and Plaza Gallery, Bangkok.

1989 Nicholas Roerich Museum, N.Y.C. (Japanese tantric mandalas on loan).

1987 Claire Dumphy Gallery, N.Y.C.

1986 Book Illustrations, New York Mandala, Jiyusha Press, Tokyo.

1983 Painted Stories, dramatized productions for radio audiences, WNYC-FM.

1982 Center for Peace through Culture, N.J.

1981 Mari Galleries, Mamaroneck, N.Y. (Ceramic Art).

1981 Anichini Gallery, N.Y.C.

1981 Pelham Art Center, White Plains, N.Y.

1980 Anichini Gallery, N.Y.C.

1980 Graphics for Off-Off Broadway Theater Productions.

1978-79 Space Painting Exhibit and Workshop, East/West Center for Holistic Health, N.Y.C.

1978 Scoop Gallery, N.Y.C.

1978 Wingspread Gallery, North East Harbor, Maine.

1978 Sheridan Gallery, Sheridan, Wyoming.

1977 Clay Gallery, N.Y.C.

1977 Bodley Gallery, N.Y.C.

1977 Greene Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.

1976 Adams-Davidson Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1976 The Rowe House Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1975 Harkness Gallery, N.Y.C.

1975 Greene Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.

1975 Evansville Museum of Art, Indiana.

1974 Greene Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.

1974 Seamen's Church Institute Gallery, N.Y.C.

1973 Avanti Galleries, N.Y.C.

Group Shows

2009 International Painting Exibition, French Ministry of Arts and Letters, Toulouse, France.

1986 Art Faculty Exhibition, 53d Street YWCA, N.Y.C.

1982 Musee d'Art Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

1978 International Art Fair, Bologna, Italy.

1978 PSP 1 Gallery, Long island City.

1976 Designs, Subways of the World Exhibit, N.Y.C.

Public Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Costume Institute), N.Y.C.

Rutgers University Art Gallery, N.J.

Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Evansville Museum of Art, Indiana.

Palm Springs Desert Museum, California.

Louisiana State University Art gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham, Washington.

Huntsville Museum of Art, Alabama.

Long Beach City College Library, California.

Gracie Mansion , New York City Mayor's residence.

Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y.C.

Montefiore Hospital, N.Y.

Dwight-Willard Tuck Center, N.Y.

Musee d'Art Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Centre d'Art, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Tuxedo Memorial Hospital, Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

New York University Medical Center, N.Y.C. (Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine)

Saint Barnabas House Chapel, N.Y.C. (altar diptych).

International Center for Peace through Culture, N.Y.C.

Guatemala Consulate General, N.Y.C.

Guatemalan Tourism Commission, Guatemala City, Central America.

Mandaraji Temple, Center for Shingon Studies, Vermont.

Indosuez Bank, Bangkok, Thailand

Dharmsala, India (His Holiness the Dalai Lama).

And in private collections worldwide.

Bibliography

Who's Who in American Art

Who's Who in the East

Personalities of America

Notable Americans

Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans

International Who's Who in Community Service

American Artists of Renown

Book of Honor

Men and Women of Distinction, U.K.

Dictionary of International Biography, U.K.

Men of Achievements, U.K.

Personnaggi Contemporanei, Italy

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