• Marco Campanella
was born on 23 June 1971 in Bari. During his early childhood,
he moved with his family to Canada for one year and started
to become familiar with, and develop a taste for, Anglo-Saxon
• He spent the rest of his childhood in Naples and in
1980, at the age of 9, he took part with a drawing in an international
competition organized by ESA (European Space Agency) on the
occasion of the first launching of the Space Shuttle. At the
end of the selection among the students of all school grades,
he came out as the winner for Italy and, together with all
the winners of each European country, he went to Cape Canaveral
on the prizewinners’ journey .
• His evident talent for drawing, encouraged and supported
from his first grades in school, led him to choose artistic
studies. In 1985 he returned for another year to Canada, where
he did some illustrations for the review “Alma”.
• After finishing his studies at the Liceo Artistico
of Naples, he attended the Istituto Europeo di Design
for one year in Rome and at the same time studied naturalistic
illustration with Franco Testa. During the same period he
published his first books with some Neapolitan publishers.
• In 1996 he attended specialization courses with Adelchi
Galloni and Lisbeth Zwerger. At the same time he increasingly
cultivated another of is great passions: sculpture.
• In 1997 he met the painter Margherita Pavesi Mazzoni
and together they designed the scenery for a theatrical performance.
• In 1998 he moved to Milan where he started to work
with Dami Editore
, with whom he still publishes books
translated and distributed also in the United States, France,
Germany, England, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Greece,
Czech Republic, Lithuania, Indonesia, Finland, Australia,
Korea, Mexico, Hong Kong, Georgia, South Africa, Romania,
Poland, Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, China, Turkey,
Hungary, Estonia and Latvia.
• In the year 2000 he moved to Swizerland where, desiring
to dedicate more space to his growing passion for sculpture,
he started to work in the Atelier of the Argentine sculptress
• In 2002 he returned to Naples where, in 2003, he sculpted
a monument to Mother Teresa, for the square named after her.
At the opening ceremony of the Square and the monument, during
a meeting to promote the twinning of Naples and Calcutta,
the Mayor and Cardinal of Naples were present and a vast delegation
from the Indian town, led by the Mayor.
• In 2004 one of his best-known characters, realized
with Dami Editore, Topo Tip
, became known all over
the world and was selected in Germany (as Leo
) for an advertising campaign. While
implementing this project, in the same year he sculpted a
bronze Madonna for the Circolo Posillipo
Art and I
Art… a word defining something in itself mysterious
and indefinable, elusive and subjective. I often realize that
for any artistic expression there is someone who appreciates
it and recognizes himself in it, who finds a piece of himself
told in one of the numerous and magical paths of creativity.
In my short experience, I am always surprised to find that
my works have such a different response according to who is
looking at them. Maybe this is to be expected, yet according
to me it says much about the nature of art. Art, when it is
really such, is able to open up a small aperture between life
on earth and the impenetrable whole that lies beyond what
is normally perceived. When this happens, art may become a
bridge, can turn into shamanic magic, allowing us to rediscover
that we have wings and are able to touch, even if only for
an instant, upon new horizons for our consciousness. Like
religion, art can accomplish this miracle in our souls or
even only enable us to glimpse the possibility of it, by putting
us in contact with our divine nature… with divine beauty.
I can imagine the emotions of those man who first tried to
reproduce the magnificent beauty of the nature surrounding
them. In their works the sacred value of art is evident, which
becomes a bridge between man and the divinity within and outside
each of us, which is the origin and end of our intimate path
of searching. Through the creative process, I always spontaneously
bring into focus a new discovery I have made about myself
and my life experience, about my journey as a man longing
for answers. I believe that every man can transform himself,
and what he does, into a work of art, if only he really manages
to transform himself into a channel of his own uniqueness,
if he becomes a disinterested singer of his own human experience,
purifying his song from all the social and cultural superstructures
that limit its divine nature. I know that this is a very hard
aim to achieve, even for those that the world usually identifies
as artists. Too often, especially in contemporary art, I find
only cunning and the will to uphold and gain acknowledgment
from those who dictate the rules of art, from those who sadly
guide its economy.
“The artist opens up forms of work to transcendence”
as J. Campbell says, who defines art “[…] as the
revealing power of maya: art as production of ‘divinely
superfluous beauty’, objects that cause aesthetic arrest
and have no practical utility, but open up to inner dimensions”.
Yet it is exactly this characteristic of art, of being superfluous
in the practical life of the human being, that often lead
to a crisis in my experience as a young artist in this globalized
world that more and more forgets the importance of invisible,
impalpable food for the soul, which is often uneconomic and
does not follow the fashions imposed by industries and economies.
But also the transformation brought about by the coming of
the information age, putting us always face to face with all
the world’s tragedies, has radically changed our perception
of life and dramatically increased the sense of helplessness
which often conditions the life of young people.. And it is
this feeling of being small and impotent which sometimes undermines
my conviction of wanting to travel this path and which increases
my mistrust in the contribution that I, in my small way, can
bring to humanity with my art.
But all this is overcome by the consciousness that art can
become a channel for new possibilities, a sower of a higher
consciousness for humanity, a bridge between us and infinity,
between us and the impenetrable mystery that is the origin
and end of life… this is the art I hope one day to achieve.