Exhibition & Book Presentation

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Double event. On Friday, November the 17th, at 9:00pm, the presentation of my second mystery novel, In Nero [In Black] and the opening of the exhibition Indizi di Città [Clues of City] of some paintings of mine will take place in Pontedera (near Pisa), at the bookstore Libreria Roma.

Doppio eventi. Venerdì 17 Novembre, alle 21:00, ci sarà la presentazione del mio secondo romanzo In Nero e, in contemporanea, l’inaugurazione della mostra di miei dipinti e disegni Indizi di Città, presso la Libreria Roma di Pontedera (PI), in via della Misericordia 18.

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Cardboard Towns: A Small Exhibition

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A small exhibition of paintings & drawings of mine will take place from 9th to 15th of December 2015 at the SMS-Biblio, in Pisa (the town’s public library), on the occasion of the presentation of my firt mystery novel In Bianco [In White], on Friday December 11. One of the paintigs was used for the very cover of the book.

The Cover of My New Mystery Novel

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And here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the complete cover for my upcoming mystery novel In Bianco (In White), which will be released November 2015 by Atmosphere Libri. The picture on the front cover is Maybe Later, a painting of mine (acrylic on cardboard, 50×70, 2010).

A Book Trailer (In Bianco)

I made a book trailer of my upcoming mystery novel, In Bianco, and I put it online. You’ll maybe notice some doodles of mine – coming from this very blog – in it. I also wrote the little tune of the soundtrack. Enjoy.

Book illustration 8 | Illustrazione 8

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Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986

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Book illustration 6 | Illustrazione 6

    Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986
Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986

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Book illustration 5 | Illustrazione 5

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Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986

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Book illustration 4 | Illustrazione 4

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Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986

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Book illustration 3 | Illustrazione 3

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Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986

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Book illustration 2 | Illustrazione 2

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Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986

Way back in 1986, when I was a really young student, a small publisher – Felici Editore – approached me with the proposal to draw an illustrated book about Pisa. I thought a little while about it and then I went back to the kind, old man and said: – I’ll do it, but it will not be another dull book about monuments and beautiful sunsets on the river and stuff. Maybe there will be no tower at all.

Mr. Spartaco took a deep breath, shrugged and said: – Ok, begin drawing.

A few months later – after a hot summer spent feverishly writing and drafting – the book was ready and was eventually published in October.

The picture above is one of the illustrations of this book, which was titled simply Pisa.

Book illustration 1 | Illustrazione 1

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Illustration from the Book “Pisa”, by Marco Bigliazzi, Pisa, Felici editore, 1986

Way back in 1986, when I was a really young student, a small publisher – Felici Editore – approached me with the proposal to draw an illustrated book about Pisa. I thought a little while about it and then I went back to the kind, old man and said: – I’ll do it, but it will not be another dull book about monuments and beautiful sunsets on the river and stuff. Maybe there will be no tower at all.

Mr. Spartaco took a deep breath, shrugged and said: – Ok, begin drawing.

A few months later – after a hot summer spent feverishly writing and drafting – the book was ready and was eventually published in October.

The picture above is one of the illustrations of this book, which was titled simply Pisa.

Trains: a charming & mysterious book

Illustration from Trains by John R. Day
Illustration from Trains by John R. Day

The picture on the left is not by me. It is an illustration from the book Trains by John R. Day, originally published in 1969 by The Hamlyn Publishing Group (London, England). When I was about seven or eight, I received as a gift an Italian copy of this book (Treni e ferrovie, Mondadori, Milano), as I already loved trains and railroads.

This small book immediately became a favourite of mine, not only because it was about trains. To me, it was charming and sort of mysterious. Today, I think that if that book had had photos of trains instead of illustrations, maybe its effect would have been slightly different.

The illustrations were by David A. Warner and Nigel W. Hearn and all those pictures of trains, railroads, engines, cars, wagons and stations from all over the world (then) had a fascinating atmosphere – a sort of feeling that I found later on in some Edward Hopper’s paintings.

In some cases – as the one of the illustration on the left – I was also struck by the decontestualization: I just loved this picture also because the railway yard is cut off the place it belongs to and put directly on the blank page, becoming an abstract construction. Maybe this picture also reminded me the train models and the LEGO ones I enjoyed building at the time, Lilliputian rails running over my room’s floor – only, this was something taken from the real world – something that existed out there.

I think that something of Trains poured inside my head and is still there. Here are two paintings of mine reminiscent of the railway yard, for instance: To be kept dry and Lightning Rod.

By the way: I still have the charming & mysterious book, and sometimes I still enjoy leafing through Trains.

To be kept dry | Teme l'umido
To be kept dry | Teme l’umido, acrylic on canvas, 80×100, 2010
Lighting Rod | Parafulmini
Lighting Rod | Parafulmini, acrylic on canvas, 40×80, 2011