About the Artist
Marco Antonio’s current painting style is virtually self-taught. He has developed it through years of experimentation and observing other great artists and their techniques. He admits to being impatient and likes to work in acrylic for its speed more than anything else. He uses the play of light and shadow to create playful ocean creatures as well as land and seascapes that capture the imagination.
“I love the play of light, shadow and water,” Marco says, “I remember diving the barrier reef of Belize as a teenager and being fascinated with the shafts of light that illuminated the valleys of coral. Being a true water sign, Pisces, I have loved the sea and movement of water since childhood. I use my theatrical background as reference for the dramatic lighting that seems to be the general theme in all my work. Like a director of the stage, I often imagine the beams of light as theatre lights, illuminating these scenes and directing the viewer to look at highlighted areas in the painting. I love to observe the way light reacts in different settings. I am fascinated by the way light dances on water, penetrates the depths of the ocean, and makes trees and rocks glow. The multi-faceted aspects of light just transport me to a place of tranquility and happiness.”
Marco’s major inspiration comes from masters such as Maxfield Parrish, Albert Bierstadt and the other Hudson River School Artists. “I am truly inspired by their belief that nature is an ineffable manifestation of God,” says Marco, “and like these great artists, my work is influenced by romanticism utilizing luminism or effects with special lighting techniques to convey lofty emotions through contrast of light and dark. I am also fascinated with Asian artwork. I love the simplicity combined with the symbolism.”
The Splash of Color series came about from Marco’s fascination with the movement of water. “I would see images of water splashing and resembling other things. Kind of like seeing shapes in clouds. I thought it would be cool if the water splashed into the shape of animals. Eventually, the animals started to solidify at the end of the splash. This has caused me to look at water in a whole new way and I constantly find myself getting lost in observation of waves or fountains or even water dripping from a tap. I spend countless hours sketching different splash patterns looking for inspiration for future projects.”
Marco's collectors range from the United States to his native, Belize to Australia to Europe. He is also a proud member of the Ocean Artists Society, a unique alliance of the world's top marine life artists, sculptors, painters, photographers and film-makers who foster a continued interest in the ocean arts and marine life issues. Through his artwork, Marco aspires to focus public awareness on the Earth’s natural beauty and the need for global conservation.
Marco is represented, professionally, by Suzanne Cruise Creative Services (www.cruisecreative.com)