Emiliano Ponzi

Italy 1978



Emiliano Ponzi
Emiliano Ponzi
December 15, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Emiliano Ponzi is an award-winning Italian illustrator known for his distinctive strong graphic compositions. Famous for his bold, textured designs, he creates contemporary scenes that become backdrops for his satirical reflections on the world around us. The artist has the ability to evoke strong emotions with his classy and brave work with pen and brush.

Illustrations by Emiliano Ponzi

Emiliano Ponzi - Arrows (Left) / The New Guru (Right)
Emiliano Ponzi – Arrows, La Repubblica, Italy (Left) / The New Guru, La Repubblica, Italy (Right)

The core of Ponzi’s approach is that synapses have the biggest role rather that the ability to simulate a realistic face color or landscape shape. After he finds idea for the works, Ponzi analyzes his discoveries and translates them into fresh, striking paintings imbued with his signature symbology.

Born in 1978, Ponzi grew up in Ferrara, a city in northern Italy. Although he began drawing as a child, he had no idea that drawing could become a career. During his studies at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), the artist discovered his talent for illustration and set about developing his own process for marrying images and ideas.

Illustrations by Emiliano Ponzi

Ponzi - The Doubt (Left) / Duck Hunting (Right)
Emiliano Ponzi – The Doubt, La Repubblica, Italy (Left) / Duck Hunting, La Repubblica, Italy (Right)

By the date, his work has been featured in numerous magazines, advertising, children’s books, posters and newspapers. He has won multiple medals of honor from such competitions as the ADC Annual Awards, the ADC Young Guns Award, Associazione Autori di Immagini, Communication Arts, the Society of Illustrators New York, Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Print magazine, and 3×3 magazine’s Illustration Annual, among others.

Some of his clients include the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Internazionale magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, Armani, Swatch, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Le Monde, Time Out New York and La Repubblica, and publishers Feltrinelli, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore and Giulio Einaudi Editore.

He is represented by Wunderkammern, the contemporary art gallery located in Rome.

Illustrations by Emiliano Ponzi

Ponzi - Neighbors (Left) / Tehran s Promise, The New Yorker (Right)
Emiliano Ponzi – Neighbors, La Repubblica, Italy (Left) / Tehran’s Promise, The New Yorker (Right)

Emiliano Ponzi lives and works in Milan, Italy.

All images courtesy © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015UnknownMuseu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, BrazilGroup
2014UnknownItalienisches Kulturinstitut, Berlin Group
2014UnknownMonastero di San Benedetto, Conversano, BariGroup
2014UnknownNLB Galerija Avla, LjubljanaGroup
2013IllustriBasilica PalladianaGroup
2012Unknown7 gallery, The New York Times, New YorkGroup
2012UnknownWunderkammern gallery, Roma Group
2011Santeria MilanoSociety of illustrators, New York Group
2011Award Exibition121 Corraini, Milano Group
2010Award Exibition Society of illustrators, New York Group
2010Award Exibition Society of illustrators, Los AngelesGroup
2009Sketch ObsessionNew York Times, building 8th floor, New York, USA Group
2009Triennale Design MuseumIl fiore di Novembre, Milano, Italy Group
2009Young Guns Award Art Directors Club, New York, USAGroup
2009Society of illustrators Award ExibitionSociety of illustrators, New York, USAGroup
2009Italian Illustrator AwardLibreria Hoepli, Milano, Italia Group