Raphael Mazzucco | Gaia

GA I A RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO

GA I A RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO

She lost herself in the trees among ever-changing leaves. She wept beneath the wild sky as stars told stories of ancient times. The flowers grew towards her light, the river called her name at night. she could not live an ordinary life with the mysteries of the universe hidden in her eyes. CHRISTY ANN MARTINE

GA I A RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO

From the Greek word γαια (gaia), a parallel form of γη (ge) meaning ‘earth’. In Greek mythology, Gaia was the Mother Earth goddess.

In the wilderness of the forest in Lebanon, Connecticut, world-renowned photographer Raphael Mazzucco became one with nature. Surrounded by the hooting of owls, powerful fox cries and supernatural light illuminating the trees, he conjured the inspiration for his new Gaia collection.This, he says, is “Mother Earth getting ready to push back”. A nod to history and time, this stunning series of original mixed media pieces demonstrates the strength and beauty of the female form.To bring an organic rawness, each artwork is embellished with elements of nature, including tree bark, foliage, feathers, flowers and sand. Crucially, Raphael set up studio outside, drawing upon his environment and often allowing nature to intervene. He explains: “I see this collection as a very deep part of my life and the way that I live. Out here, the wilderness and open space are bringing me back to nature again. It’s almost like taking a deep breath and feeling beautified. Nature is intertwined within the photography, like it’s grown out of the earth. I’ve used feathers I’ve collected from all over the world.We found a great horned owl who had passed; his feathers are striped and have such a beautiful texture. “One of the pieces also incorporates a bees’ nest, which is graphically stunning.The surrounding fragments are like rice paper and have a gorgeous tissue effect. Sometimes I left the artworks outside so they could be naturally affected by the elements – including the sun and rain – letting nature wash over them.”

Experimenting with new colours and artwork sizes has also been a journey of discovery for Raphael, who in 2018 celebrated 25 years of creating art with his first-ever collector’s edition book, The Never-Ending Summer. He adds: “I use the base photograph as a map to lead me through the image and process.The colours are important; I have muted the tones in the base image and then added all of the layers of paint, resin and materials to make the pieces pop with colour and vibrancy. “I have created two new sizes: one of which is quite small, and a longer one which can be portrait or landscape. I love the little pieces, as these are like little gems that come to life.These images are also cropped in a lot closer, to feel that sense of capturing something just in that moment. Applying resin complements and encases it, almost like a jewellery box.” For an artist who has photographed some of the world’s most beautiful women, it was significant to Raphael to capture the power of femininity. He says: “In this collection, I have seen an importance in painting the band across the eyes.This is not actually to cover, but carries the suggestion of coming off and being broken down. In the same respect, it could be seen as the war paint of Mother Earth getting ready to push back. No matter who you are and what you have, you will always be a human on Earth and that’s powerful.”

“Out here, the wilderness and open space are bringing me back to nature again.” RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO

GREEN LOVE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

PINK BEAUTY Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

EYES OF NATURE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

FLY AWAY Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

PAINTED DESERT Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

ALICE INWONDERLAND Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

WATER CHILD Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

ABOVE THE SAND Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

INDIAN SUMMER Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

LIGHT ME ORANGE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

GRASSLAND Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

BLOOMINGMIRROR Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

BUTTERCUP Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

ETERNITY Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

CHILD AT HEART Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

NATURE LOVER Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 20” x 16”

SUNFLOWER Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

SHAPELESS FOREST Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

INTO THEWIND Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

HEATWAVE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 16” x 20”

CELINE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 40” x 30”

BIRDWATCH Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 40” x 30”

SKY Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 30” x 40”

GYPSY Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 30” x 40”

MISSISSIPPI Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 40” x 30”

STAR Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 40” x 30”

SKYFALL Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 30” x 40”

TEA TIME Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 30” x 40”

“No matter who you are and what you have, you will always be a human on Ear th and that’s powerful.” RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO

DANDY LION Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

PATRIOT Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

BORN AGAIN Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

KYOTO Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

FULL MOON Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

SUNKISSED (below) Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

PLUM FUSION Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

PINK SPLASH (below) Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

LOOKING GLASS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

PROMISE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

WIND SONG Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

BURNING LOVE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

MY TRIBE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

BLACK HAWK Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

INTO THEWILD Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

SPEECHLESS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

IMMERSED Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 36” x 24”

DREAMER Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

BLU Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

MYSTIC Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 36”

“I’ve really enjoyed working with this series of photographs, bringing nature and all of the different elements from nature into it.” RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO

WONDERMENT Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

SAPHIRE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

SUMMER DREAM Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

WILL-O’-THE-WISP Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

PIXIE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

AMERICAN DREAM Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

ILLUSIONS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

HIDDEN GEM Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

LONESOMEWATERS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

UNTAMED Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

DIVINE CHAOS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

SHELTERED Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

BORN TO BE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

MEET ME AT MIDNIGHT Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

MOTHER Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

G-FORCE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

GOLD SPUN Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

BAR Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

MIRAGE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

TEMPLE OF LIGHT Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

ABOVE THE EDGE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

OPENWINGS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

RIGHT OF PASSAGE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

BEHOLDEN Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

BROKENWINGS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

SEVEN Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

TEA AND ROSES Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

COLD AS ICE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 24” x 48”

SWAN LAKE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

FOREVER YOURS Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

UNDER THE RAIN Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

MEMORIES Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 24”

STARGAZER Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 40” x 60”

ALICE Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 48” x 72”

NATURAL SOUL Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 40” x 60”

GAIA Archival Print, Mixed Media, Encased in Resin Image Size 40” x 60”

BIOGRAPHY

Raphael Mazzucco is one of the world’s most influential fashion photographers and contemporary artists, critically acclaimed for his singular eye and captivating aesthetic. After years spent honing his craft in Italy, France and Amsterdam, his arrival in New York City garnered attention from some of fashion’s elite and he went on to create iconic imagery for the likes of Victoria’s Secret, Guess Jeans, L’Oréal, Ralph Lauren and Bergdorf Goodman. His imagery has appeared in L’Officiel, French and Italian Vogue, Marie Claire, Playboy and Vanity Fair, featuring not only his editorial fashion imagery but celebrity portraiture of notable actors including Benicio Del Toro, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon and Elizabeth Banks. A two-year tour of exhibitions in Milan, Florence, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, Miami and New York City was met with critical praise. Following the tour, Raphael immediately launched into an artwork and photo essay book collaboration with music impresario Jimmy Iovine and rap producer Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. He has been profiled by major titles like The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and The New York Times. Paris Vogue has also featured Raphael several times, commenting that his style ‘oozes sensuality and charm’. Raphael’s artistic visual narrative captures the human form set against a backdrop of startling landscapes spanning the continents, from Icelandic glaciers to African wildlife, and the outback of Western Australia to Vietnamese rice paddies. He incorporates these documentary forms into building a layered narrative through paint, collages, and hand-lettered text. Through these works, we journey alongside Raphael through terrains both geographic and emotional. Raphael Mazzucco is irrefutably a lover of life. His passion for synchronicity between his subjects and settings, coupled with a sensual aesthetic, has arguably resulted in some of the most relevant photography today, heralding a new age of art.

A native of Vancouver, Canada, Raphael lives in Lebanon, Connecticut, with his wife Lisa, son Sascha and daughter-in-law Celine.

EXHIBITIONS

NEW YORK CITY, USA September 2018

MIAMI, USA December 1st - 6th, 2015 Scope Miami Beach

“Never Ending Summer” exhibition at Chase Contemporary, New York and Castle Fine Art Galleries, United Kingdom

LONDON, ENGLAND September 26th - October 18th, 2015 “PELE - ART LIFE FOOTBALL” art exhibition at Halcyon Gallery

ENGLAND July 2017 “Exposure” nationwide art exhibition at Castle Fine Art

IBIZA, SPAIN July 2015 One month show at Cavelli

LONDON, ENGLAND October 26th 2016 50 Shades Of Grey at BAFTA Meeting of minds between Raphael Mazzucco and E.L.James

LONDON, ENGLAND June 12th - July 13th, 2015 “Montauk” art exhibition at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair

NEW YORK, USA September 7th - October 6th, 2016 HG Contemporary - Été Sans Fin

LONDON, ENGLAND May 14th - June 13th, 2015 “Villains and Heroes” art exhibition at Halcyon Gallery

LONDON, ENGLAND February 5th, 2016 This striking exhibition from one of the world’s most influential photographers, Raphael Mazzucco, consists of original works and his debut limited edition print collection. Castle Fine Art, South Molton Street, London BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND February 6th, 2016 This striking exhibition from one of the world’s most influential photographers, Raphael Mazzucco, consists of original works and his

LONDON, ENGLAND April 17th - 24th, 2015 “Biophilia” art exhibition at Castle Fine Art, Mayfair

MIAMI, USA December 7th, 2014 Delano Hotel for Art Basel

MIAMI, USA December 5th, 2013 Delano Hotel for Art Basel

debut limited edition print collection. Castle Fine Art, Mailbox, Birmingham

NEW YORK CITY, USA January 23rd - February 10th, 2016 “Figurative Abstractions” art exhibition at Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery

MONTAUK, USA August 10th, 2013

MILAN, ITALY February 28th, 2009 Presented at the Spazio Ventura XV-Milan

Interview Magazine presents a private showing of Raphael Mazzucco’s new collection “The American Tour”

FLORENCE, ITALY November 15th, 2008 Presented at the Palazzo Corsini

MIAMI, USA December 6th, 2012 Rosenbaum Gallery Presents “The 66th parallel: The Iceland Collection” Art Basel

SOUTH HAMPTON, USA August 25th, 2008 Presented at the Valnmorbida estate

HONG KONG March 21st, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA May 23rd, 2008 Presented at the Toorak Mansion

Alicia Zarou Scanlon and Gallery Reis present Raphael Mazzucco at the Cat Street Gallery

LOS ANGELES, USA Sunset Marquis 2011

BEVERLY HILLS, USA April 26th, 2007 Beverly Hills Hotel Garden

Introducing Culo by Mazzucco, the show at the 2011 Grammys After Party with Jimmy Iovine

MIAMI, USA December 2nd, 2011 Mr. Chow presents CULO byMazzucco at Art Basel

NEW YORK CITY, USA April 19th, 2007 157 East 84th Street

NEW YORK CITY, USA October 9th, 2011 Presented at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery

NEW YORK CITY, USA 2006 Presented at the Valmorbida Estate

SINGAPORE March 12th, 2011 Alicia Zarou Scanlon and Gallery Reis Present Raphael Mazzucco

TORONTO, CANADA April 1st, 2009 Lancome presents Raphael Mazzucco for Luminato

RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO

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