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Born in Argentina in 1966, Marcelo began drawing and painting as a child in after school elementary programs. Subsequently, he learned and mastered several art techniques in a technical high school. He graduated as an Architect from Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1992. He took art lessons at Liceo Municipal of Santa Fe under the guidance of several painters. In 1999, he received a Master of Architecture from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain, and in 2000, a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration/International Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Additionally, he received a Master and Doctorate in Educational Administration/ Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Currently, he takes continuing education classes at the Art Student League and Parsons School of Design in NYC, where he produces most of his work. Marcelo’s paintings have been influenced by the work of Abstract Expressionist and Impressionist artists. They show feelings, emotions, spontaneity, and creativity released as a reflection of both his conscious and unconscious psyche—sometimes from a mystical view. He values artistic freedom and improvisation. While Marcelo often begins painting with some ideas in mind, he never knows what the final outcome will be until the work is completed. His process of creation is quite free and he discovers the true essence of each painting as he goes along. His main goal is to provide a subtle expression of what he feels or thinks about events, people, issues, or himself. Even when depicting images based on visual realities, the imagery is always abstract. He uses the energy and expressive potential of color in a dynamic balance to convey a range of thoughts and emotions: intelligence, kindness, serenity, happiness, sadness, order, chaos, etc; a peculiar language that speaks about some of the important themes of our lives. In essence, his paintings talk to us about the psychological and moral attitudes that unfold around us. He has exhibited his work in Argentina and the United States.
Marcelo has received several awards, including among others, scholarships from the following organizations: Fulbright, Organization of American States, MAEC-AECI (Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs–Spanish Agency of International Cooperation), Columbia University, and Ministry of Education of Argentina (World Bank Funds), and most recently was awarded a Chancellor’s Fellowship at the New York City Department of Education.