Carlo Maria Mariani is a native of Rome and graduate of the Accademia di Belle Arti. He currently lives in New York.
Mariani creates large-scale canvases that maintain a provocative dialogue with art history and the present. His paintings are a meditation on perfection and harmony-past, present & future. By fusing classical motifs with modern methods, his paintings present a contemporary aesthetic and refuge from mass-media- induced mediocrity and cynicism.
“Mariani is always exploring contemporary trends in painting and frequently absorbs them into his art. Through the filter of his own thought processes and inimitable technique, he adapts and transforms them to further champion the cause of beauty, the sublime, quiet meditation and peace. He performs this inspired transformation in the midst of the 21st century’s decidedly chaotic and abject environment, in which society and nature are constantly under siege. Mariani, perhaps alone among his contemporaries, is nevertheless able to project a sense of idealism and perfection far into the future.” David Ebony
In 1998 Mariani was awarded the prestigious Feltrinelli Prize from the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome, for lifetime achievement in painting.
Carlo Maria Mariani’s work can be found in private and public collections throughout the world, including: The Guggenheim Museum, New York; Lincoln Center, New York; The Tate Gallery, London, England; Frye Museum, Seattle, Washington; The Civic Museum of Art, Milan, Italy; Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands; Etude De Maître, Charbonneaux, France; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Collection, Kansas City, Kansas; Kunstsammlugen-Schlossmuseum, Weimar, Germany; Università degli Studi di Parma, Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy; Museum of Modern Art, Rome, Italy; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; The Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada; Collection Borghese, Rome, Italy; The Bulgari Collection, Rome, Italy; Millenium Hotel, New York; Rosewood Collection, Dallas, Texas; The Cresent Collection at the Phillip Johnson Building, Dallas, Texas; Banca d’Italia, Rome, Italy; Foundation Cassa di Risparmio, di Foligno, Italy; Mougins Museum of Art, Mougins, France; Museo di Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy; Franklin Mint, Philadelphia, Pensylvania; The Resnick Collection, Los Angeles, California; The Steve Wynn Collection, Dallas, Texas; Mikado Film, Rome, Italy; Fondazione Maramotti Museum, Reggio Emilia, Italy; The Eric Clapton Collection, London England.