Contemporary painter Antonio Marra uses precise mathematical calculations and a masterful hand to create a fascinating visual experience for viewers.
Marra was born in Volturara Irpina, Italy and raised in Naples, Italy before relocating to Offenbach, Germany where he currently resides. He attended art university at The Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli where graduated with his BFA in 1982.
Marra’s technique uses thick, precisely painted grooves he forms entirely by hand to create a sculptural surface that interacts with the eye as the visual field changes. These grooves meld art and mathematics to create interlacing geometries: as the viewer shifts perspective, brightly colored patterns kaleidoskopically unfold providing three distinct views to each piece.
He has exhibited in Germany and throughout Europe since the early 1990s, but only recently exhibited in the United States. He has shown work notably in Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Shanghai, Bolzano, Munich, and Dubai. His work is held in private and public collections with museum representation in the Museum Explora Frankfurt, Ritter Museum Stuttgart, ZKM: Center for Art and Media, and The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto.