Marcelo Holzinger is a celebrated Contemporary Visual Artist from Miami, USA, who began his career as an Art Director and Adjunct Professor of Graphic Arts in his native Argentina – he has over 20 years of combined experience as an artist and designer. He was born in the city of Santa Fe, and started cultivating his artistic talents at a young age, feeling a strong sensitivity for beauty, nature, music, art and design.
During his teens, Marcelo and his family experienced years of hardship and adversity. Overcoming these obstacles helped solidify Marcelo’s belief that everything is possible in life. He learned to consistently put his best into everything he did, and to always pursue his passion and dreams.
Marcelo went to college in Buenos Aires where he earned a degree in Advertising & Design. While in school he worked his way up in an advertising agency, becoming its Art Director. He also taught Graphic Arts at the University of Architecture, Design and Urbanism of Buenos Aires, (UBA).
His dreams led him to explore the world. In his early 20's he traveled throughout South America, Europe and the United States. The mix of cultures, the history, the art, the architecture, and especially the people that he encountered strongly touched his heart and soul, and greatly impacted him as a person and as an artist.
Since he felt so enriched by his travels, Marcelo embarked on an even bigger challenge; in the mid 1990’s he left his beautiful Buenos Aires and moved to New York – a city he had fallen in love with – alone, with just a backpack, his CD player and an English dictionary. He faced lots of difficulties, yet he always managed to turn them into opportunities. He worked as a Graphic Designer for various publications, and continued to pursue his passion for art and design.
After living in New York for several years, Marcelo moved to Miami Beach, where he expanded and refined his artistic skills and worked as a creative consultant for various businesses and organizations. He also became an Interior Decorator – as another outlet for his artistic expression. Next, his professional journey led him to Houston, Texas, where he launched his career as a professional artist – marking the beginning of a new chapter in his life.
In the current phase of his evolution, Marcelo has returned to Miami, a city that inspires him greatly. Since his return, Marcelo has become very actively involved on the forefront of Miami’s burgeoning art scene. He has been participating in large and prominent art fairs, shows and events, including: the Masters Mystery Art Show at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach (Art Basel edition 2011); the Miami River Art Fair (Art Basel editions 2012 and 2013); Designer for the Stars at the Miami Home Design Show; Meet the Artist Series 2014 at DCOTA Design Center of The Americas; and his most recent participation at the prestigious SPECTRUM/ArtSpot International Art Show (Art Basel edition 2014) – among many, many others.
Marcelo created the original artwork for the Legends Ball Gala 2013 and 2014 of Unity Coalition at the Art Deco Welcome Center, and the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach. He was also selected as the official artist for both The Pink Flamingo Awards 2014, and The Global Party 2014 benefiting the Global Charity Trust. He also co-hosted a successful Gala Honoring City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado for his outstanding support of the Arts. Marcelo painted a portrait of the Mayor and it was unveiled in a ceremonial dedication at this event.
Marcelo also participated in the 2nd Annual Ellen DeGeneres Art Show in Los Angeles, for which he painted a portrait of her for the show. He has also painted for some acclaimed entertainment personalities such as Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Univision TV news anchor Eileen Cardet, and Argentine music legend Leon Gieco.
The last couple of years represented a milestone period for Marcelo – his work was exhibited in several international art fairs: Art Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum, Monte Carlo (Monaco); the 16th Annual Beijing International Art Exposition in Beijing (China); Art Latino Dans Le Monde in Ličge (Belgium) in which his art received a Mention of Honor Award for winning the “Most Original Artwork” in the exhibition; and his most recent international exhibit at the Carrousel du Louvre, at the LOUVRE MUSEUM of Paris, this past October. Marcelo’s work has been acquired by private and corporate collections, including the Art Collection of the City of Miami.
Marcelo has been selected as Art Curator for private exhibitions and fundraisers; and as a Member of Jurist panels, evaluating the work of aspiring young artists. He strongly supports charitable causes and feels fortunate to be able to give back to his community whenever he can.
This past September 2014, Marcelo was awarded with his biggest honor yet, a Proclamation from The City of Miami's Mayor Tomas Regalado as Distinguished Citizen of the City of Miami'in recognition of his exceptional artistic accomplishments, his valuable contribution to the cultural life of our community and his extraordinary acts of humanitarianism and philanthropic spirit toward humankind.'
With art shows throughout the USA, and world-class exhibitions in Europe and Asia, Marcelo has been receiving extensive national and international attention – with articles, interviews and profiles in numerous publications, TV and other media, including The Miami Herald, CNN Espańol, Univision TV Network, Upscale Living Magazine, NBC Miami, and many others.
Marcelo is thankful for having the ability to dream without limits, love deeply, be endlessly adventurous, and have a zest for life. Marcelo says: 'I feel blessed to be able to do what I love. I'm always exploring, growing and evolving. I work, create and dream with passion . . . and with the intention of living every single moment of my life to the fullest.'
To contact Marcelo, visit his website: www.HolzingerART.com