Ruggero Maggi is an artist from Milan, Italy. He graduated in graphic design and interior design, but since then he was involved in visual art, mail art, visual poetry, copy art, laser art, x-ray art… He is always open for an artistic experiment, using basic materials and combine them with neon, holography and lasers. In 1979 he organized the first Mail Art show in Milan and the following year he did his first Mail Art project “Amazonic Trip”.
Ruggero sent us 2 collages. One is dedicated to Platon’s “The Republic” and the other is inspired by “Don Quijote” by Miguel Servantes.
Roberta Mendes de Sá from Sao Paolo in Brazil is a visual artist, art theorist, and researcher. She is both interested in the art and literature and deeply inspired by museums, theatres, galleries, and old streets of the busy city. Roberta sent us a drawing dedicated to Gabriel García Márquez’s novel “Love in the Time of Cholera”.
Jerzy Stepniak from Warsaw, Poland has graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Warsaw University of Technology in 1975 and in 1978 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is doing mostly paintings and drawings of the old Warsaw city, but he’s also taking part in numerous mail art projects.
Jerzy sent us a photo of the old Polish book “The Children from Bullerbyn Village” by Astrid Lindgren. It is an old copy of the book, published in 1957, with, as Jerzy put it, ‘marvelous illustrations’ by Hanna Czajkowska.
Domenico Ferrara Foria is an Italian artist who sent us a print, a portrait of a monk. The work is titled “The Monk -MMXIX” and is inspired by the book “The Monk” by Matthew Gregory Lewis.
Nancy Dornelles from Porto Alegre in Brazil is a prolific mail artist whose art is part of numerous recent projects around the world. She sent a card, a photo of old books coloured with crayons.
Stephen Evans is an artist from Droitwich, a member of Droitwich Arts Network, whose ‘Paintings for pleasure’ showing his skills in different media and techniques. Stephen also enjoys changing his subjects, searching constantly for new inspirations. Stephen sent us mixed media card, inspired by Tolkien and his famous books ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’. there are three quotes, by Gandalf, one of the main characters of the books, and Tolkien himself – “The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them”.
Luiza Alexandra Lewczuk is a Brazilian artist from Porto Alegre. She sent us a small painting titled ‘The Middle Age History’, and its colours and the atmosphere remind me of medieval illuminated manuscripts.
Lola Gonzàlez is a photographer from Manchester, UK. She sent us two digital collages – one is dedicated to “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe, the other to J. K. Huysmans’ “A Rebours”.
Bruno Pierozzi is an Italian artist who lives and works in Rome. After graduating from State Art Institute of Rome in 1974, he continues his paintings in classical techniques of oil and egg tempera, as well as etchings and drawings. His art is often inspired by his city of Rome, its rich history and mundane everyday life that mingle together in the most beautiful way. Bruno is also interested in social issues and humanity.
He sent us a little drawing that illustrates Fernando Pessoa’s novel “Livro do Desassossego: Composto por Bernardo Soares, ajudante de guarda-livros na cidade de Lisboa” (“The Book of Disquiet”).
Raj Verdi is a London-based visual artist who sent us a collage postcard inspired by Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein”.
Raj says, “Collage plays an important part in my art. I am interested in dreams, the subconscious, and the dualities and conflicts that exist between our subconscious and conscious minds. I use the idea of juxtapositioning displaced objects, often in unrealistic scale, to create a surreal and sometimes disturbing atmosphere.”
To find out more about Raj’s art please visit his website.