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Paintings, drawings, and illustrations by Mike Snyder, an American artist who has lived near Varese, Italy, for many years, are on show until Sunday 15 June, 2104, at the Public Library (Biblioteca Comunale) of Porto Ceresio, on the Italian shores of Lake Lugano, a 15-minute drive from Lugano.

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Ink, watercolours, oils, pencils are Mike’s media of choice. In this year’s exhibition, he is showing a number of paintings, the most powerful of which is probably “Requiem for an Ocean”, which was inspired by one of the all-too frequent oil spills we read about and then forget. Until the next one comes along.

An illustrator by training — he studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York — Mike’s ability to convey a likeness is exemplified in his portraits of rock musicians, which will be the focus of a future show.

His use of colour is another major strength. However bright, his hues invite the viewer to look more closely, and to share the experience.

Indeed, his works benefit from a detailed observation. In the case of the black-and-white images based on Grimm’s fairy tales, the more you concentrate, the more you see. The trees look like, well, trees, except that they also suggest living creatures, the secret life of the forest.

Mike Snyder Artworks 2014 is open to view at the Public Library (Biblioteca Comunale) on Piazza Luraschi, in Porto Ceresio, on the Italian shores of Lake Lugano, a 15-minute drive from Lugano, from 4pm to 8pm,  daily until Friday 13 June 2014, and then from 10am to 12noon, and  4pm to 8pm on Saturday 14 Sunday 15 June. Or by appointment, by writing to roberta.kedzierski@gmail.com.

For a brief overview of Mike Snyder’s previous work, see here.

Artworks 2014 di Mike Snyder Artworks 2014 is the sixth of 16 exhibitions that form part of the 10th season of the Porto Ceresio Art Show initiative, organized by the Porto Ceresio Municipal Council.

Visitors to Mike Snyder’s show on Saturday 14 June 2014 can also visit the Museo Etnografico Lopez-Appiani, an intriguing local history museum that is open from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The museum is open as above until the end of October. After which visits can be arranged by calling +39 02 66711998.

Porto Ceresio is 20 km from Lugano, and 10km from Varese.

Motori&Sapori, con disegni di Mike Snyder, artista, fumettista, illustratore, domenica 9 giugno 2013, Piazza Repubblica, Varese, dalle 10.00 alle 18.00

Non appena terminata la mostra collettiva “L’espressione attraverso il colore” a Porto Ceresio, Mike Snyder si appresta a partecipare alla giornata Motori&Sapori, che si terrà domenica 9 giugno 2013. Organizzata come sempre dal Comitato Stefano Verri e dal gruppo Amici della Formula 1, la manifestazione — creata per raccogliere fondi per la ricerca sulla leucemia — per la prima volta quest’anno sarà in Piazza Repubblica a Varese, anziché a Gazzada Schianno.

Tra le grandi attrazioni: i bolidi Ferrari, da scuderie private, da ammirare; gli acquerelli di Donatella Colombo, detta Miorin, da acquistare; i ritratti — con auto di sua scelta — fatti da Mike Snyder.

Ecco un pezzo dalla sezione “A Varese”, da Lombardia Oggi, del 2 giugno 2013:

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Mike Snyder; La matita animata, di Sergio Redaelli, per VareseFocus, marzo 2013

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Friday 8 January, ArsTratto(Ria), Mike Snyder presents his work at i Dü Matt, Via del Chiostro 65, Gavirate (Varese), Italy

Mike Snyder, the artist, and Alberto Frigo, the organizer, debate.

The occasion: the first of series of dinners dubbed
ArsTratto(ria). Art in a trattoria, if you like, with a
reference to Ovid, of course.

Seventeen people were scheduled to arrive at 20.00 to see
the works — three paintings as well as eight b&w illustrations for a
biography of Jim Morrison in graphic novel form, due for
publication in early 2011.

The place: the Trattoria i Dü Matt, in Via del Chiostro, Gavirate,
in the province of Varese. I dü matt? The two crazies? who you calling crazy?

Anyway, which two?

Let’s stop being crazy all of us, and get back inside.
It’s pouring with rain and freezing cold.
January in Italy is like that.

We have a special menu tonight: risotto,
followed by polenta and braised veal, red wine,
water and coffee, all for 15 euros.

The normal offering is equally appealing: the
weekday lunchtime menu is just 10 euros for pasta,
main course, as well as water, wine and
coffee. Make a note, must come back.

Lovely golden-yellow decor by Alberto, whose
paintings are out the door.
Mike’s are in the dining room, ready to be hung.

That’s chef Aimone on the left, admiring
one of the artworks. Mike goes to unwrap
some more, while Monica looks on.

The mise en place, with the logo Alberto designed

Ceiling-height sgraffito illustrations, designed and executed
by Alberto, who’s now checking in with chef Aimone in the kitchen.

Two of the artworks: a small painting that
forms part of a larger work, and a vibrant
illustration used originally for a press ad

Alberto and Monica discuss the impending hanging

Mike hanging the Croc illustration

Film poster executed for a UCLA film studies undergraduate

The artist observes his work

The photographer snaps pictures,
Jim Morrison in the background.

Getting ready to eat, with the Jim Morrison illustrations behind

After the risotto, the polenta and spezzatino.

Re-arranging the works for the weekend, the paintings stayed,
the Jim Morrison illustrations didn’t

A matter of some debate

Agreement reached

The end of the evening. Time to say goodnight and Alla prossima!