By Tomboy KC | Photography by Danielle Sabol
We usually tell our Profile subjects to just come as themselves. Dress how they would normally. How that translates is different for everyone, but when Marco Lorenzetto showed up for his shoot in sweatpants and a sweatshirt, we were smitten. Of course, crushing on a handsome Italian artist (just check out his Instagram, ladies) with a laid back attitude and killer manners isn’t incredibly difficult.
The LA based LA-based contemporary artist’s paintings have been featured in the pages of Elle Décor and displayed in exhibitions throughout Bologna, Paris, Berlin and New York. His prints have made it to the top of our home decor must list. What’s more, Marco’s latest project is a collection of ceramics, where Marco entrusted the skilled masters at his aunt Padovani’s workshop in Faenza to translate his designs to clay to be carried at Bergdorf Goodman.
TKC: Start from the beginning. When did you decide, “I’m going to be an artist.”
ML: I didn’t decide to become an artist, it was a call that needed to be answered. People think you have to have a dream to pursue, but in reality I believe is it the dream that captures you. It’s a traveling experience with no destination. After 10 years, I can now see myself as an artist.
TKC: Your work is stunning and is so incredibly thoughtful. We’re sure this is such a cliche question, but what is your process?
ML: There isn’t a real process; I take on a different process in all of my projects. I’m very open minded to empiric and experimental methods, and I always try to work with different mediums and various surfaces. Canvases, drawing paper, watercolor paper, wood; it’s very inspiring to see how I can create art with changing techniques and ultimately experience a new feeling about each piece.
TKC: Do you have a favorite piece?
ML: I guess I do have a few favorite pieces, but I feel a new sense of emotion each time I start on a new project or a new painting.
TKC: We just heard about your collection of ceramics that are going to be available at Bergdorf Goodman. First, HUGE congrats. Second, how did this happen? Why ceramics? How can we get some? So. Many. Questions.
ML: Thank you very much! Ceramics is my first fine art venture connected to my hometown of Faenza in Italy. Faenza has a tradition for centuries of creating ceramics. It is very well known in the world and so it was very inspiring to go back to my roots and apply my designs on ceramics.
I worked on my ceramics for a year and thought of it as a great product. I knew I wanted the collection to be in a store that really understands my inspirations and passions- I thought of it as a great platform to showcase my work. The partnership with Bergdorf Goodman happened organically, they loved the ceramics and I am very honored to be included in their showcase. It is definitely an homage to my hometown Faenza and to my Aunt Roberta. She has been behind the scenes with this project, helping assist with all of the ceramics that are created in Italy. My ceramics will be available at Bergdorf Goodman starting on May 12th!
TKC: Alright, moving on. How would you describe your personal style?
ML: I am definitely very Italian and I prefer to be casual, however I like an elegant-classic look. It depends on the occasion.
TKC: Day to day, what are you wearing? Do you have a work uniform of sorts?
ML: What I wear when I work is a very sporty and comfortable uniform. I like to get dirty in my studio and definitely do not prefer to wear fancy clothes when I work.
TKC: Outside of the studio, is there a particular designer or look that you tend to favor?
ML: I don’t have a particular designer in mind and it really does depend on the occasion. I’m not favorable to brands, I’m more into classic timeless looks.
TKC: OK, here’s a fun one. What is one type or piece of art that is safe to buy on a budget?
ML: This year I made my first print series that are now available on my website and their starting point is $200.
TKC: One worth splurging on?
ML: I think artwork is worth every penny because it lasts forever.
TKC: What is the last song you had playing on your iPod/iPhone?
ML: I played Nao – Adore You.
TKC: What’s your ringtone?
ML: I don’t have a ringtone because my phone is always on silent.
TKC: Coffee or tea?
ML: Coffee all my life.
TKC: Instagram or Snapchat?
TKC: In high school you would have been voted most likely to….
ML: “most likely to move to the US and cook for the President!”