We’re thrilled to introduce Italian artist, Andrea Martinelli, for our second spotlight profile.  We met Andrea in Prato, his hometown and our base in Italy. His work is inspired by local people. The photographic paintings and drawings tell the story written in the lines and character of their faces.


Andrea honed his talent by attending the Porto Romana Art Institute of Florence. Shortly after graduating, he won the “Tito Conti” prize from the Academy of Drawing Arts. The prize included a study grant that served as the catalyst for his solo career. His solo career exhibits include: the European Parliament in Strausbourg, the Frissiras Museum of Athens, the Permanente Museum of Milan, and the Panorama Museum of Bad Frankenhausen, Germany.


Please visit www.andrea-martinelli.it/ to learn more about Andrea’s work.




“io disegno la lontananza. è questo che faccio. Quando guardo, quando vedo, quando sento, quando scrivo, quando amo penso alla lontananza. Ma è solo quando disegno che la raggiungo, d'altronde, affinché questa ineffabile vaghezza che è la lontananza possa esistere, è necessario che se ne inventi un disegno."



"I draw the distance. this is what I do. When I look, when I see, when I hear, when I write, when I love, I think about the distance. However  it is only when I draw that I reach it, so that,  this ineffable vagueness that is called distance can exists, it is necessary that you  invent its drawing”




“Questo mondo, il mondo in cui viviamo, è stato completamente disumanizzato. L'uomo lo abbiamo completamente cancellato. E questo non va bene. Ma noi, tutti noi, soprattutto noi artisti, abbiamo il dovere di riportare l'uomo al centro di tutto.


Non sta a me giudicare il lavoro che ho svolto in tutti questi anni, ma so per certo che ho rivolto il mio sguardo all'uomo, e l'ho fatto con amore. Un nuovo umanesimo è possibile, ed ogni giorno io combatto per esso.



"This world, the world we live in, has been completely dehumanized. The man : we have  completely deleted him. And that is not good. But we, all of us, especially us the artists, have the duty to bring the man back to the center of everything.


It is not for me to judge the work I have done all these years, but I know for sure that I always keep my eyes on the man, and I did it with love. A new humanism is possible, and every day I fight for it.”