Communication arts Interview
Emiliano Ponzi, Paradigm Shifter by Bonnie Smetts
Italian illustrator Emiliano Ponzi digs deep for imagery, like an archaeologist hunting for bones. He analyzes his discoveries and translates them into crisp, bold paintings
infused with his signature symbology. Visually, you’d think he’d wandered New York with Edward Hopper or lounged poolside in California with David Hockney. Instead, he grew up in a Renaissance city complete with a towered castle and a moat.
In slightly more than a decade, the award-winning illustrator has gained the attention of art directors in New York, Paris and Milan, has been interviewed on Italian television, and is the subject of a French documentary. His upbringing hinted at none of this.