Interview: Mark Joseph Liggio
Luca Curci talks with Mark Joseph Liggio during LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2021, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
Mark Liggio is a nine-year-old boy with extraordinary talent in many aspects of art, such as painting, sculpting, stringing, origami and piano. Mark has done more than 200 paintings, a thousand plus origami, hundreds of clay and bread sculptures, and dozens of string art projects. His new passion for piano is a perfect mix while he is doing his art and helps him be inspired and motivated. At his short age, Mark’s talent has been recognized by ITSLIQUID Group in Europe and Strokes of Genius Inc. in New York. His art will soon be presented in an exhibition in London and he is preparing for upcoming exhibitions in New York. Mark obtained a beautiful Grace from God on June 23rd, 2020 when he started sculpting in clay a variety of animals with different colors. Since then, he expanded his work of art in his paintings, strings, and origami. His paintings reflect the harmony of nature and the way he sees mathematical formulas, along with astronomy concepts and diagrams. There is no doubt that Mark’s art career path is going to bring amazing originality to the next generations and will be considered a gift to the world.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Mark Joseph Liggio – Art is what I love, it is part of my being.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MJL – I am working on using imaginary numbers and nature in my art creations.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artwork?
MJL – Solving new math equations and implant their concept into nature.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MJL – I am inspired by The Creator, the creation, and created entities and apply math concepts to my art. When I have a project in mind, I apply that specific content in all types of art that I like to work on, which are: paintings, sculptures, strings, and origamis.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
MJL – It is both, a reasoned process because I work on specific subjects but it is also a spontaneous art creation process.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
MJL – Yes, I do, the theme is fine.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MJL – Penguins: Penguins is a truly representation of my art, and its story is one of a kind. The vibrancy of the colors makes us perceive the penguins alive. The colors of the paintings present a smooth flow that shows us an intimate light that you may see from a close observation of objects, animals, or any other entity from the universe. Penguins represent the beauty of the Creation of nature around us. This painting also portrays the importance of the high value of the family these days. Perhaps the painting “Penguins” will help people reflect on their beliefs, or meditate about the fundamental ethics of the family union at present times. You may also notice a perfect line above the penguins, like a vector line, this is an influence of the math calculations that I use in my work. The thin lines around the penguins also show the electromagnetic fields of the energy that emerged by such unity, like the ones around the earth or any other planet, which helps protect them from radiation from the stars and any other dangers of the universe. About the story of Penguins, I am very devoted to The Immaculate Heart of Mary and The Sacred Heart of Jesus, and I have a statue of Nino Del Dolor (Our Lord, Child Jesus) in my studio in New Jersey. And the above-mentioned painting was placed as an offering of my best art to Child Jesus, in His Honor. When I received the results of the 8th edition of the International Art Contest of ItsLiquid, it was a surprise when I knew that particular painting was elected as one of the winners of the contest. I sent 85 paintings, and the probability of that being chosen is only 1.17 %, and this may be considered as another sign of God’s grace on my art. God chose me to show the world about His Graces, to leave no doubt and stop considering explanations of human speculations. Miracles do exist and they are a gift from God to humanity, to show that He always cares for us. I want to mention special thanks to one of my favorite saints, St. Faustina Kowalska, an apostle of Divine Mercy, and finally give honor in memory of my late Grandmother, America Lilly Gallo.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
MJL – It’s very professional and very efficient. The process went smoothly.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MJL – Yes, I did very much enjoy working with you.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MJL – Everything is fine, you offer a great opportunity to the artists in presenting their creations.