About the artist Mark Guglielmo

The rooftops of Trinidad de Cuba with the Sierra Escambray in the distance.

The rooftops of Trinidad de Cuba with the Sierra Escambray in the distance.

A self-taught artist, Mark has been experimenting with handmade photomosaic since the late 80s after seeing David Hockney's work in a high school art class. Born and raised in New York, he developed his "fractured harmony" style using scissors, tape, and 4x6-inch photographs he takes with a small, digital point-and-shoot camera or a smartphone. Neither a computer nor Photoshop are used. His work has been featured in Huffington PostArt New England, Big Red & Shiny, New England Public Radio, El Pueblo Latino, Greenfield Recorder and Springfield Republican.

A former rapper and music producer (aka Vesuveo and Manifest), Mark came up through the 90s Los Angeles underground, releasing four albums with his group The Anonymous, a solo album entitled Shine, and a dozen other records. His credits include KRS-One, Cut Chemist, Mystic, Dilated Peoples, Black Eyed Peas, and the Top 10 hit “Green and Gold” featuring Eminem. He has collaborated closely with renowned elderly singing group Young@Heart Chorus since 2011, co-producing concerts and an album, launching their PrisonVision project and participating in weekly rehearsals and concerts with the incarcerated since 2014. A former teacher in Los Angeles and NYC schools, he periodically offers intensive two-week studio art classes in the Gateway to College program at Holyoke Community College. His hip-hop instrumentals are the soundtrack to hundreds of TV shows including Pimp My RideWimbledon, The Real WorldJersey Shore, and America's Next Top Model, while his artwork is in public and private collections around the world.

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b. 1970, Elmhurst, Queens, New York

EDUCATION
1992  BA, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
1991   Université de Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France

SELECTED SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019  Cuba in Transition, von Auersperg Gallery, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA
2018  Cuba in Transition, Grubbs Gallery, The Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA
2018 Cuba in Transition: The Photomosaics of Mark Guglielmo, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO
2017  Cubaneo, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
2017 Cuba in Transition: Narrative and Perspective, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA
2016  Selected Works, Village on Main, Northampton, MA
2013  Shards of Illusion, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016  Connections, Elusie Gallery, Easthampton, MA
2016 Selected Works, Happy Valley, Northampton, MA
2015  Microworks, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA
2013  Be Here Now: A Juried Exhibition, Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS & GRANTS
2018  Public Art Commission, Chilson Recreation Center, City of Loveland, CO
2018  Artist-in-Residence, The Williston Northampton School, Easthampton, MA
2018  Visiting Artist, Easthampton High School, Easthampton, MA (2013 & 2017 as well)
2017  Artist-in-Residence, Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, Northampton, MA
2017  Artist-in-Residence, Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center, Chicopee, MA
2016  ArtsEZ grant winner, Northampton Arts Council, Northampton, MA (2012 & 2014 as well)
2006 IPA Beat Battle Champion, Nuyorican Café, New York, NY
2005 Top 50 Album of the Year, Rolling Stone (Northern State, All City)
1998  Top 10 Hit Song, US Rap Radio Charts, Hits (The Anonymous & Eminem “Green & Gold”)
1998 Top 10 Hit Song, US Rap Underground Charts, Urban Network (The Anonymous “Cool Fantastic”)

SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS
2019 Spencer, Ruthie, “Expressing Culture Through Art,” The Deerfield Scroll, January 30, 2019
2019 Poli, Domenic, “New exhibit at Deerfield Academy pays homage to Cuba,Greenfield Recorder, January 23, 2019
2018 Albani-Burgio, Paul, “Loveland Museum hosts vibrant Cuba photo mosaics in unique collages,” Reporter-Herald, June 8, 2018
2017  Wolfe, Jeremy, Sensation & Perception, Fifth Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press
2017  Pfarrer, Steve, “Art Maker: Mark Guglielmo, photographer and painter,” Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 8, 2017
2017  Pérez-Pizarro, Damaris, “Exposición de arte ‘Cubaneo’ por el artista Mark Guglielmo,” El Pueblo Latino, November 29, 2017
2017  Carey, Brainard, “Interview with Mark Guglielmo,” WYBC Yale Radio, October 26, 2017
2017  Colby, Celina, “Cubaneo: Collage Artist Shows Cuba Through Lens of Reality,Bay State Banner, October 25, 2017
2017  Kiers, Olivia, “Cuban Complexity: Mark Guglielmo’s Cubaneo,” Big Red & Shiny, October 18, 2017
2017  Pérez-Pizarro, Damaris, “Exposición de arte 'Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective,” El Pueblo Latino, June 20, 2017
2017  Kiers, Olivia, “Mark Guglielmo’s Portrait of Contemporary Cuba,” Art New England, June 9, 2017
2017  Crapo, Trish, “ArtBeat: Transported to Cuba through ‘Photo-Mosaics’,” Greenfield Recorder, June 7, 2017
2017  Harrison, Alexa, “Guglielmo In Transition,” Take Magazine, June 7, 2017
2017  Styles, Hunter, “On View,” Preview Massachusetts, June 2017
2017  Lamontagne, Lisa, “Cuba in Transition, an art show,” Mass Appeal, WWLP22, May 29, 2017
2017  Obregon, Raquel, “Mark Guglielmo on Tertulia,” New England Public Radio, May 28, 2017
2017  Dondoros, Chris, “Cuba in Transition' Exhibit Turns Everyday People Into Visual Art,” The Republican, May 24, 2017
2017  Palpini, Kristin, “Memory and Reality Converge in Guglielmo’s Detailed Collages,” Valley Advocate, May 22, 2017
2015 Spanier, Ian, “Right Next Door: Mark Guglielmo, Rapper, Artist, Photographer,” The Huffington Post, April 30, 2015
2014 Frasca, Simona, Italian Birds of Passage: The Diaspora of Neapolitan Musicians in New York, New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2006 “In Prima Linea: L'Hip-Hop, La Vita e La Morte del Razzismo.” Gli Italiani Sono Bianchi? Come l'America ha construito la razza. Eds. Jennifer Guglielmo and Salvatore Salerno. Milan: Il Saggiatore Press (Reprinted in Italian)
2003 “The Front Lines: Hip-Hop, Life, and the Death of Racism.” Are Italians White? How Race Is Made In America. Eds. Jennifer Guglielmo and Salvatore Salerno. New York: Routledge

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
2012 Young@Heart Chorus, Now (Executive Producer)
2011    Vesuveo, Shine, SupaTunes (Rapper, Producer)
2006  The Anonymous, Vesuveo Instrumentals Vols 1 & 2, SupaTunes (Producer, Mixer)
2004  Northern State, “Ignite” and “Nice With It,” All City, Columbia Records (Producer)
2003  Mystic, “Forever and a Day,” Being Black Compilation, Waxploitation (Producer)
2002  Esa featuring Manifest, “Calienté,” Vibra Records (Rapper, Producer)
2001  Mystic, “Forever and a Day,” Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, Interscope Records (Producer)
2001 Turi featuring Manifest, “S.O.S.,” Antibe Music (Rapper)
1999  The Anonymous, Dedicated, GoodVibe (Rapper, Producer, Mixer)
1998  The Anonymous, Green and Gold, GoodVibe (Rapper, Producer, Mixer)
1998 The Anonymous featuring Eminem, “Green and Gold” b/w “I Spy,” GoodVibe (Rapper, Producer, Mixer)
1998 The Anonymous featuring Divine Styler, Medusa, Iriscience, Mystik Journeymen, The Grouch, Asop, E-Rule, Jizzm, Awol One, Neb Luv, Tony da Skitzo, Jyant, Orah, Nikko, DJ Drez, “Dr. EZ’s Cool Fantastic Parts I & 2,” GoodVibe (Rapper, Producer, Mixer)
1996  The Anonymous (aka Moonshine), Weep No More, Nightglow/Arcane (Rapper, Producer, Mixer)
1996 The Anonymous, “Origin of Species” b/w “Duck Season,” Nightglow/Arcane (Rapper, Producer)
1996 The Anonymous featuring Cut Chemist, “The Sad Sombrero Song” b/w “Backstreet Gods,” Nightglow/Arcane (Rapper, Producer, Mixer)
1995  The Anonymous (aka Vertigo), Swells of Abstract, Nightglow (Rapper, Producer, Mixer)