Franco Marzilli

Franco Marzilli (Rome, 14 December 1934 – Poggio Mirteto, March 22, 2010) was a ceramist, sculptor and Italian painter. Marzilli Franco comes from a Roman family and spent his youth in Trastevere. Since his youth starts to study art, attending the “Preparatory School to the decorative arts” in Rome. He began his artistic production and exhibition in the early sixties, being always out of fashions, groups and trends. In the late sixties and early seventies, after the first exhibition experience in Florence and Venice, Marzilli moved first to New York, then to London and finally to Paris, where he remained for a brief time painting and studying. In the seventies he moved to the countryside of Sabina, first in the medieval village of Casperia, then into a hamlet of Poggio Mirteto, where he continued quietly his artistic production.He died in March 2010 at age 75. The artistic production of Franco Marzilli is extremely varied, ranging from roman Roman landscapes to those of the Lazio countryside, from still life to fascinating abstract subjects. Marzilli was at ease among landscape, still life and figure. His famous Roman landscapes, show strength of architecture enhanced by the softness and extreme refinement of color. Castel Sant’Angelo, the bridge over the Tiber, the Colosseum figuratively evolve over time by a more uniform and detailed figure to an image defined in emotional terms by swift strokes and fast color changes. His dancers, whose first wife was inspiring, burst onto the scene of Roman landscapes and accompany for two decades the artistic production of the Master. In still life lemons, grapes, apples, flowers have the strength of his ceramic sculptures. In them there is the fragrance and the perfume of reality. Marzilli was meticulous in the choice of materials, canvas, paper and colors. Eternally dissatisfied, his work was always tense searching for what for him was perfection and beauty. In some catalogs we read that Franco Marzilli would absorb the lessons of the Roman masters, able to develop a highly refined and personal pictorial language which is expressed in works of taste “naturalist-abstract” typically Italian.