About the artist Mark Guglielmo

I'm a visual artist based in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Gazing out over the Sierra Escambray from the rooftops of Trinidad, Cuba.

Gazing out over the Sierra Escambray from the rooftops of Trinidad, Cuba.

I’m self-taught. I learn by doing. Lost as a child, I found hip-hop and photography. I bought an Instamatic camera with profits from my paper route and made photos to find a way out, to search for beauty. I’d sneak into the high school darkroom on weekends and create for hours in silence. I spit rhymes to give meaning to my emotions and made beats to bolster my spirit, scouring dusty records for moments of magic. The bliss I felt was unrivaled.

My process is simple: scissors, tape, and pictures I take. Anyone can do it. Intuition is my guide. The cracked perspective and balanced whole from scattered pieces speak to me. Each mural took between thirty and ninety minutes to shoot and two to eight weeks to assemble. They’re handmade from hundreds, sometimes thousands, of 4x6” photographs, taken from different angles. Neither a computer nor Photoshop is used. A slow, painstaking, and antiquated method, my photo-mosaics are the product of synchronistic events, deep conversations and personal relationships.

BIO

One of my early attempts at photo-mosaic circa 1995 of my brother Tommy on an island off the coast of Maine.

One of my early attempts at photo-mosaic circa 1995 of my brother Tommy on an island off the coast of Maine.

Born and raised in New York, Mark received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Haverford College in 1992. A self-taught photographer and painter, Mark has been experimenting with photo-mosaic since the late 80s. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, Art New England, Rolling Stone, New England Public Radio, The Sun, Valley Advocate, Greenfield Recorder, and Springfield Republican.

He has collaborated closely with the renowned Young@Heart Chorus since 2011, launching their Prison Project and participating in weekly rehearsals with the incarcerated at Chicopee Women’s Prison and Northampton Men’s Prison. A former rapper and hip-hop producer aka Vesuveo, his credits include Grammy winners Cut Chemist, Black Eyed Peas, KRS-One, Mystic, Dilated Peoples, and the Top 10 hit “Green and Gold” featuring Eminem. His beats are the soundtrack to hundreds of TV shows including Pimp My Ride, The Real World, Jersey Shore, and America's Next Top Model, while his artwork is in private collections around the world. 

An experienced educator in the Los Angeles and New York City school systems, Mark teaches intensive 2-week studio art classes for at-risk youth in the Gateway to College Program at Holyoke Community College twice a year. An avid salsa dancer, he visited Cuba for the first time in 2015 with a group of fellow dancers. Since then, he’s returned alone twice, birthing his new series of photo-mosaic murals, interviews, and field recordings entitled Cubaneo.

CV / Resumé

EDUCATION
1992  Haverford College, Haverford, PA. Bachelor of Arts: History
1991   Université de Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
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
2007 “Black and White Prints,” Fermented Grapes, Brooklyn, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016  “Connections,” Elusie Gallery, Easthampton, MA
2015  “Microworks,” A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton, MA
2013  “Be Here Now: A Juried Exhibition,” Hosmer Gallery, Northampton, MA
1988  “Annual Statewide High School Juried Exhibition,” State Museum, Albany, NY

AWARDS & HONORS
2017  Cover & Back Cover Artwork, Sensation & Perception, Fifth Edition. Jeremy Wolfe et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
2017  Cover & Feature Article, El Pueblo Latino, June 20
2016  Grant Recipient, 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”)
1997  Top 10 Hit Song, US Rap Underground Charts, Urban Network (The Anonymous “Cool Fantastic”)
1993  “Close Up Rap-or-Roll” National Music Contest Winner, New York, NY 

PRESS
2017 "Art Maker: Mark Guglielmo, photographer and painter," Daily Hampshire Gazette, December 8
2017 "Exposición de arte ‘Cubaneo’ por el artista Mark Guglielmo," El Pueblo Latino, November 29
2017 “Interview with Brainard Carey,” WYBC Yale Radio, October 26
2017 “Cubaneo: Collage Artist Shows Cuba Through Lens of Reality,” Bay State Banner, October 25
2017 “Cuban Complexity: Mark Guglielmo’s Cubaneo,” Big Red & Shiny, October 18
2017 "Exposición de arte 'Cuba in Transition: Narrative & Perspective," El Pueblo Latino, June 20
2017 "Mark Guglielmo’s Portrait of Contemporary Cuba," Art New England, June 9
2017 "ArtBeat: Transported to Cuba through ‘Photo-Mosaics’," Greenfield Recorder, June 7
2017 "Guglielmo In Transition,Take Magazine, June 7
2017 "Memory and Reality Converge in Guglielmo's Detailed Collages," Daily Hampshire Gazette, June 1
2017 "On View," Preview Massachusetts, June
2017 "Better Western Mass," ABC40/Fox6, May 29
2017 "Mass Appeal," WWLP22, May 29
2017 "Tertulia with Raquel Obregon," New England Public Radio, May 28
2017 "Cuba in Transition' Exhibit Turns Everyday People Into Visual Art," The Republican, May 24
2017 "Memory and Reality Converge in Guglielmo’s Detailed Collages," Valley Advocate, May 22
2017 "Arte/Art," El Sol Latino, May
2015 “Right Next Door: Mark Guglielmo,” The Huffington Post, May
2015 “The Joint was Jumping at the County Jail,” The Daily Hampshire Gazette, May
2015 “Jailhouse Rock,” Valley Advocate, March
2014  Italian Birds of Passage: The Diaspora of Neapolitan Musicians in New York. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press
2013 “Selected Art,” Pioneer Magazine, July
2013 “Critics Pick,” Summer Arts Preview, Valley Advocate, June
2013 “Artist Spotlight,” Paradise City Press, NCTV, June
2013 “Ritmi: Intervista con l’Artista Vesuveo,” Il Manifesto (Italy), June
2013 “Interview with Photographer Mark Guglielmo,” Gesture Magazine (England), May
2012 “Rising Tide,” Valley Advocate, December
2011  Haverford Alumni Magazine, August
2010  “Your Art Here,” Preview Massachusetts, March
2009 “By Song, Not Album,” The Sun, August
2004 “Hip-Hop and the Blues,” New York Times, November 12
2004  Record Reviews: Village Voice, Blender, Spin, Tracks, Maxim, Rolling Stone (Northern State All City)
2003  “Eminem Guest Spots,” Rolling Stone, July
2002  “Phat Tape,” The Source, June 2002; Record Review, The Source, August
2001   The Sun, March
1998  “Enter the Innovators,” Urb, Dec 1998; Record Reviews: XXL, Hits, Gavin, CMJ, Muzik
1996  Record Reviews: CashBox, BRE, BAM, Rap Pages, Rap Sheet, Subculture (Moonshine Weep No More)
1995  Record Reviews: BAM, City Paper, Rap Sheet, Underground Soundz, Urban Network (Vertigo Swells of Abstract)
1994  “On the Scene”, Black Beat, May  

RESIDENCIES & ARTIST TALKS
2014-Present Artist-in-Residence, Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, Northampton, MA; Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center, Chicopee, MA; Easthampton High School, Easthampton, MA
2017  Commencement Speaker, Gateway to College Program, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
2015  Guest Speaker, Gateway to College Program, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
2013  Guest Speaker, Easthampton High School, Easthampton, MA; WMUA, TRGGR Radio Show, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2004 Tri-State Book Tour: Jersey City Museum, NYU, Rutgers University, Middlebury College, Montclair State, Hofstra University, Barnes & Noble (Brooklyn, NY)
1999 California Radio Tour: KCRW, KPFA, KMEL, KYLD, KZSU, KSFS, KXLU, KXSC, KALX, KZSC, KCBX, KCSN, KCIA, KCPR, KPFK

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2015-2018   Gateway to College Program, Instructor, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA: "Intro to Studio Art," "Resiliency"
2014-2015   CAPS Student Resource Center, Professional Tutor, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
2003-2005 Private School Substitute Teacher, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn Friends, Berkeley Carroll, New York, NY
1999-2001   Public School Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, CA

COLLECTIONS
Emory University Healthcare, Atlanta, Georgia (Emory Winship Cancer Center lobby)
Private Collections in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, United Arab Emirates

PUBLICATIONS
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.” Eds. Jennifer Guglielmo and Salvatore Salerno. Are Italians White? How Race Is Made In America. New York: Routledge.

DISCOGRAPHY
2012  Young@Heart Chorus, Now (Executive Producer)
2011   Vesuveo, Shine, SupaTunes (Producer, Performer, Writer)
2007  Cost’Ovest featuring Vesuveo “Liberta,” Fatt’n Casa (Performer, Writer)
2006  The Anonymous, Vesuveo Instrumentals Vols 1 & 2, SupaTunes (Producer, Writer, Mixer)
2004  Northern State “Ignite” and “Nice With It,” All City, Columbia Records (Producer, Writer)
2004  Ben Arthur, Edible Darling, Bardic Records (Drum Programming)
2004  Jennifer Marks, Jennifer Marks, Bardic Records (Drum Programming)
2003  Henry Shead, Breathe, Q Productions (Producer, Writer)
2003  Mystic “Forever and a Day,” Being Black Compilation, Waxploitation (Producer, Writer)
2002  Esa featuring Manifest “Calienté,” Vibra Records (Producer, Performer, Writer)
2002  Zaire Black & June22 featuring Vesuveo “Initiation,” Emmoworks (Performer, Writer) 
2001  Mystic “Forever and a Day,” Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom, Interscope Records (Producer, Writer)
2001  Turi featuring Manifest “S.O.S.,” Antibe Music (Performer, Writer)
1999  The Anonymous, Dedicated, GoodVibe (Producer, Performer, Writer, Mixer)
1998  The Anonymous, Green and Gold, GoodVibe (Producer, Performer, Writer, Mixer)
1996  Moonshine, Weep No More, Nightglow/Arcane (Producer, Performer, Writer, Mixer)
1995  Vertigo, Swells of Abstract, Nightglow (Producer, Performer, Writer, Mixer)

TELEVISION SCORING
2013  Entertainment Tonight (E!); Countdown Academy Awards (E!); Design Star (HGTV); Curb Appeal (HGTV); Punk’d (MTV); Rookies (A&E); Harlem Heights (BET)
2012  The Real World (MTV); Jersey Shore (MTV); Best Week Ever (VH1); Clean House (Style);
2011   True Hollywood Story (E!); Basketball Wives (VH1); Iron Ring (BET); Cribs (MTV); Wreck Chasers (Discovery); How Do They Do It? (Discovery); My Super Sweet 16 (MTV)
2010   Bad Girls Club (Oxygen); Real Life Divas (BET); Love & Hip Hop (VH1); Mob Wives (VH1)
2009  America’s Next Top Model (UPN); Inside the Actors Studio (Bravo); Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style (Bravo); 20/20 (We); Millionaire Matchmaker (Bravo)
2008  Kimora: Life in The Fab Lane (E!); E News Daily (E!); Making The Band (MTV); Teen Mom (MTV); True Life (MTV); Hogan Knows Best (VH1); Single Ladies (VH1)
2007  US Open (ESPN/NBC); ING NYC Marathon (ESPN); Wimbledon Preview Show (NBC)
2006  Summer Olympics (NBC); Yo! MTV Raps 20th Anniversary (MTV)
2005  Pimp My Ride (MTV); Halloween on Ice (MTV); Stars on Ice (MTV); In The Mix (PBS)

FILM SCORING
2004  MacArthur Park, Sundance Entertainment
2003  5 Sides of a Coin, Canadian Broadcast Company
2001   Novocaine, Artisan Entertainment

VIDEOGRAPHY
2013  “I Just Wanna Hold U” Vesuveo
2012  “Spark Nasty” Vesuveo
2011   “Algiers Point” Vesuveo

PERFORMANCES (MUSIC)
2016  Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton; Springfield College; Springfield Technical Community College; Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center
2014  Transperformance, as Kanye West, Pines Theater, Look Park; Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton (MA)
2013  Iron Horse Music Hall; Academy of Music Theatre (MA); Transperformance, as Vanilla Ice, Pines Theater, Look Park (MA)
2012  Transperformance, as Eminem, Pines Theater, Look Park (MA)
2011   Transperformance, as King Floyd with Evelyn Harris, Pines Theater, Look Park (MA); Iron Horse Music Hall with Holidelic
2002 The Ritz; Joe’s Pub (NYC)
2000 Le Banque; Tunnel; Autogestito Vittoria Centro Sociale; Leoncavallo Centro Sociale (Milano, Italy)
1999  El Rey Theatre; Temple Bar; Dragonfly; Club Nokia; Hollywood Palladium (LA)
1998  UCLA; Santa Monica College; Cal State Northridge; Pasadena City College (LA)
1997  SXSW (Austin, TX); State Theatre (Austin, TX); B-Boy Summit (San Diego, CA) 
1996  House of Blues Sunset Strip; The Roxy; The Troubadour; Roxbury; Casablanca (LA)
1995  University of Pennsylvania, Penn Relays (Philadelphia, PA); The Grand (NYC)

COLLABORATIONS (MUSIC)
Eminem (15-time Grammy winner), Mystic (Grammy nominee), Cut Chemist, Young@Heart Chorus, Rakaa (Dilated Peoples), Medusa, Evelyn Harris (Sweet Honey in The Rock, Grammy winner), Everett Bradley, Divine Styler, Turi, Esa of Gente Guasta, Tony da Skitzo, Jyant (Figures of Speech), Jizzm, Asop, Mystik Journeymen, Neb Luv (5 Footaz), DJ Drez, Erule, The Grouch, DJ Mark Luv, Awol One (Mass Men), La The Darkman (Wu-Tang), Marti Nikko, Orah (Global Phlowtations); 

Shared the stage with Black Eyed Peas, KRS-One, Biz Markie, Faith Evans, Rock Steady Crew, Shyheim (Wu-Tang), Cutty Ranks, Born Jamericans, Steve Sanderson of Drunk Stuntmen, Holidelic, Polo (La Famiglia).