Raphael Mazzucco

Born: Canada
Lives and works: Lebanon, Connecticut
Exhibitions: Gaia (2019), The Never-Ending Summer (2018), Chase Contemporary (2018)
“Beauty layered with natural elements has always been my recipe. Nothing we create can compare to the perfect beauty of nature.”

Raphael’s illustrious career reads like a Who’s Who of art, photography and fashion. After creating imagery for the likes of Vogue, Marie Claire and Vanity Fair, he has turned his aesthetic to fine art.

Inspiration

His visual narrative captures the human form against a backdrop of startling landscapes that span the continents, from Icelandic glaciers to African wildlife and Vietnamese rice paddies. By layering paint, photography, and hand-lettered text, Raphael takes viewers on a documentary-style journey through geographic and emotional terrains.

The artist honed his craft in Italy, France, Amsterdam and New York. His projects have included an artwork and photo essay book with Sean ‘Diddy’ Coombs and celebrity portraiture of Benicio del Toro, Matt Damon and Susan Sarandon. In 2018, he released his first-ever collector’s edition book, The Never-Ending Summer.

After moving to the wilderness of Connecticut, USA, Raphael was inspired to create his Gaia collection, which takes its title from the Greek goddess of nature. This breathtaking selection of hand-embellished limited edition and original works layers natural elements such as flowers and leaves with classical imagery and portraiture.  

Raphael says: “Living on a small farm with animals and colourful birds like my peacocks brings a sense of grounding. Sometimes I feel like I’m living a life from long ago, so different from the city life I came from.” 

Discover the Gaia collection

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Inside the world of Raphael Mazzucco

Raphael's travels encompass every iconic habitat imaginable, from the salt flats of South America to the majesty of the Serengeti. 

His 2017 Exposure collection saw the artist transform a 2000 sq ft New Jersey shipping dock container into a darkroom. Intertwining cutting-edge photography with Japanese flora and old-school film development, the body of work simultaneously embraces the past and speaks to the future of his ever-evolving aesthetic. 

In 2018, he released The Never-Ending Summer, a collection of stunning original pieces and his first-ever collector's edition book. Featuring behind-the-scenes photography and memoirs from some of his closest confidants, it provides an intimate glimpse into the world of Raphael Mazzucco and was exhibited at the prestigious Chase Contemporary gallery during New York Fashion Week. 

His latest collection, Gaia, was created in Raphael’s outdoor studio and was exposed to the weather to develop like a photograph under the sun. Rustic textures are juxtaposed by daubs of colourful paint and geometric forms neatly plotted out in string like the coordinates of a map. Viewers are invited to navigate their journey through the layers of classical imagery, nostalgic photography and natural elements like feathers, flowers and leaves. 

Raphael says: “Anywhere and everywhere can be an inspiration. I’m fascinated by how these interactions come together and spontaneously blossom.”

 

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Fine Art Collector | 2020

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

Fine Art Collector | Autumn 2019

Showcasing the very best of our artworks, along with behind-the-scenes updates and interviews, the new issue of our Fine Art Collector magazine is a must-read!

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