Last month a tribute show celebrated the long career of the witty Italian artist Mario Mariotti. In honor of this great talent we want to show you some of his amazing hand art.
Mario grew up in the popular Santo Spirito district of Florence where he was in close contact with the many craft shops that were, and still are, in Florence. It was in the late ’60s that he came up with the idea of painting on hands. His works come from Mario’s ability to play with art and develop fun and creative activities that are often carried out by children.
Through an impeccable use of color and simple finger movements, Mario creates fantastic animals, such as giraffes, elephants, dogs and zebras, but also human characters, like football players, athletes and musicians.
Mario brought to life these ideas in his first book “Animani.” It was here that he developed his concept of “art for all,” in other words, art as a game that involves both individual and collective experience and art as an experiment that reveals the wonder hidden in reality. In the end, Mario had a deep impact on the cultural life of Florence and its inhabitants, using his contemporary art to give the montumental dimension of the city new life by animating its neighborhoods and historic squares with bursts of color.