JeanPaul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A in Illustration and Fine Arts. On the horizon for JeanPaul is a solo show at the 101Exhibit in August of 2012 among many other things. Read on for the 1xRun Thru Interview with JeanPaul Mallozzi where he talks about his past and present influences, his first piece he drew (Spoiler: It was a pterodactyl.) and other fun stuff along with his latest Run: Lovetap which you can view over at 1xRun.com
1xRun Thru Interview
JeanPaul Mallozzi – Lovetap
1xRun: Is the original of Lovetap still for sale?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: The original will be on view and for sale with Michael Marguiles Artist Agency at the Arte Americas Fair in Miami, March 2012.
1xRun: When was Lovetap drawn/created?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: Feb 2012.
1xRun: What materials was Lovetap printed on/drawn with?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: Original made with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, on Rives BFK. The print is embellished with watercolor, acrylic, and glazed with a touch of iridescent paint.
1xRun: Talking specifically about Lovetap is there anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: This piece part of an ongoing theme I’m looking into about relationships between two people.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution of Lovetap came about?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: I wanted to explore the funny acts and feelings people go through when starting a relationship. Little girls who like boys can be very mean and sometimes hit them for some odd reason and vice versa. This girl REALLY likes him. I also have wanted to do something that commemorated Valentine’s Day. If you love the day, then the sweetness in the piece is for you. If you hate the day, then the violence in the piece hopefully tugs at your heart string. Personally, I haven’t had too much fun on Valentines Day in the past, so now you can tell which side I prefer.
1xRun: How long did the piece take?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: A few weeks from conception to finish.
1xRun: What is unique about Lovetap?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: It’s the first print I’ve released that shows partial facial features and expressions in the models, especially around the mouth.
1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: Hopefully if they’re buying it for someone they love, they get the joke, and if for yourself, hope it makes you giggle when you look at the scenario.
1xRun: Describe the print in one gut reaction word.
JeanPaul Mallozzi: OUCH.
1xRun: When did you first start making art?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: I started as a kid around 6 and it just stuck.
1xRun: What was your first piece?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: A pterodactyl, which came out surprisingly really good.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?
1xRun: What artists inspire you now?
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: 95% of the time, and that mixture of music is pretty odd since I never took the time to arrange my list. Just yesterday I was listening to ABBA: Fernando, then the next track was an opera track from Norma: Casta Diva.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: There’s a few, but off hand Phil Hale, just to get a glimpse inside his head.
1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: There’s also a few I can think of, but to start Vermeer. I stared at one of his work for 20 minutes when I was visiting The Frick museum years ago.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: I bought a Waterhouse poster The Mermaid when I was 11. Unfortunately no, my mom threw it away a little while after because she thought framing a poster would be too expensive. Yeah that sucked.
1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: I bought a Pygmy Marmoset foot cast for a fundraiser to benefit Zoo Miami.
1xRun: What else do you have currently in the works?
JeanPaul Mallozzi: Well, I’m preparing for my first solo show at 101/Exhibit in Miami Design District later this August. So I’m pretty stressed, but excited.
1xRun: Where can people find you on the internette?