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Everybody knows St. Valentine is always catching us unprepared; we still have hanging Christmas
stockings in mind when here it comes that annoying storm of little red hearts, cramming the web and the
shop windows. Well, why don’t you stop giving in to tacky gifts and decide to celebrate somehow differently? You could choose one of these seven illustrations.
MARCO CAZZATO – Hug
Do you remember the album cover of Canzoni Per Un Figlio by Marlene Kuntz? Well, that illustration
comes from Marco Cazzato’s hand, with his energetic and dense line. One of the features I like the most
of his illustrations is the talent of rendering the tenderness of a gesture with his rough brush stroke.
LIEKELAND – Dennenbos
Dennenbos stands for “pine grove” in Dutch. Lieke Van Der Vorst indeed loves nature and all of its
creatures. She manages to carry everyday-life situations onto a fantastic dimension creating a northern,
MAJASBOK – Home
Maja, a former architect, is a Swedish artist who decided to devote her life to her passion for illustrations
opening a shop in the outskirts of Stockholm. Home is one of her beautiful ironic art works, which
represents the human world through animals and nature.
AGATHE SORLET – Night With You
Agathe Sorlet has got a rare power to infuse a kind of tenderness into her surreal illustrations. Thanks to
her geometrical and naïf lines, she manages to represent Love like a pop artwork.
GABRIELE PINO – Clorofilla! Erbario Erotico
I’d already appreciated Gabriele at Operae16 in Turin, where he exhibited his project Ti Mangio!
Clorofilla, instead, is an erotic herbarium, where every character is a metaphor of auto-erotism and
where a flower becomes the expression of one’s personality and sexual identity.
Carolina has decided to give new life to all those famous icons, which are part of our culture. This one is
an interpretation of Annie Leibovitz’s well-known picture showing John Lennon and Yoko Ono hugging
each other in bed; with its sense of Art Nouveau this image gives you the impression of being in a Klimt
ELISA TALENTINO – Matches
Matches is a mixture of gentleness, energy and sensitivity, which is typical of Elisa’s illustrations. She gets
to the heart of things representing the intimacy of love and its magical power in transforming what is
Happy St. Valentine day! Spend your time with your love.
If you want to read how I got interested in illustration, have a look at Perché Illustrare