Raphael Mazzucco is one of the world’s most influential fashion photographers and a talented contemporary artist. For those looking to buy Raphael Mazzucco art as an investment or simply to enjoy in the home, Maddox Gallery is delighted to represent some of his works at our central London galleries.
A native of Vancouver, Canada, he is now based in New York. Once a model himself, Mazzucco spent years spent honing his skills as a fashion photographer in Italy, France and Amsterdam. On arriving in New York, his work won the attention of iconic designer brands including Victoria’s Secret, Guess Jeans, L’Oreal, Ralph Lauren and Bergdorf Goodman.
Mazzucco’s fashion editorials have featured in French & Italian Vogue, Playboy, Vanity Fair and three Sports Illustrated Swimsuit editions. He has also been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Raphael Mazzucco art “oozes sensuality and charm.” – Paris Vogue.
Outside of the fashion world, Mazzucco is also renowned for his celebrity portraiture, particularly actors including the likes of Olivia Newton John, Adrien Brody, Susan Sarandon, Antonio Banderas, Paris Hilton, Matt Damon and Dakota Fanning,
“One of the top 50 photographers in the world to watch” – American Photo
Raphael Mazzucco art is layered with meaning
Despite his incredible success in the fashion photography world, Mazzucco recently swapped his camera for canvas in order to pursue his passion for art, and is already a firm favourite on the creative scene.
Mazzucco still bases his work in photography, but utilises painting, drawing, collage and resin to overlay these images with marks, brushstrokes, collage and hand-lettered texts. His mixed media pieces merge a love for photography with a new sensuality, combining daring experimentation and a keen eye for detail to build a dynamic narrative.
“There’s so many artists that I really love. I love Francis Bacon. I love the photographer Irving Penn. I would say my favourite artist is Robert Rauschenberg. I love how raw and simple his work is. Miró and Picasso, of course.” – Raphael Mazzucco
Just as in his commercial work, Mazzucco’s art features beautiful human forms set against eye-catching and exotic landscapes. These backdrops span the world, from Vietnamese rice paddies to Icelandic glaciers and the Western Australian outback. Mazzucco then builds a layered narrative through paint, collage and more.
“My inspiration is multi-layered. It always seems to happen through discovering a new location I haven’t visited previously. Each new situation or new environment, when matched with a new persona, will automatically give a different – what I call – energy.” – Raphael Mazzucco.
Raphael Mazzucco as an established name
Mazzucco’s works have been exhibited in Milan, Florence, Melbourne, Singapore, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York City and Art Basel in Miami. In every location, he is met with critical acclaim.
Influential artist Damien Hirst numbers among his many collectors, having purchased one of Mazzucco’s collections for more than $750,000.
Raphael Mazzucco art is “life enhancing, forward and energized” – visual artist and photographer, Peter Beard.
Mazzucco has also collaborated both with brands and celebrities to produce numerous books of artwork.
A book of Mazzucco’s images titled SEXY was commissioned to celebrate Victoria’s Secret 10th anniversary. Similarly, his best-selling book EXPOSURE commemorates 25 years of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girls.
Mazzucco also partnered with Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records and rap producer Sean “Diddy” Combs to shoot a collection of celebrity portraiture. The photographs were presented as a photo essay titled Culo (the Italian and Spanish word for derriere) by Mazzucco, with images ranging from tongue in cheek to wildly provocative.
“The most important idea to me is that photography should be just another way to express one’s vision; another creative channel.” – Raphael Mazzucco.