My Story

I’m a Rome-based visual artist, multimedia educational developer, screenwriter for cinema and musical theatre, children’s book author, cartoonist, and illustrator.

Antonella Martino

Since 2004 I have trained with some Masters of Cinema, such as Marco Bellocchio, Marco Muller, and Alberto Grifi. I worked with Italian Directors, collaborating on the screenplay for theatrical comedies and short films as the Film Adaptation of “Il fascino discreto della parola” (2012) by Maurizio Costanzo and the Musical Comedy “Facennece ‘e cunte” (2011) by Vito Caporale and the Baraonna, “Madonna Lucrezia” (2004) with Alberto Grifi, Gianfranco Pannone, Babak Karimi.

Attracted by the visual arts and storytelling. I always wanted to communicate and interact with the world to work on transmedia projects: web, e-learning, cinema, theater, photography, painting, illustration, advertising, and visual journalism. I’m one of the authors of the short film: “Projected” created during The 48 Hour Film Project Italy (2018) and the narrative book for children “Gigì le Coiffeur et la Maison de Beautè” (2013).

My illustrations and political figures’ portraits are published daily on “La Voce di New York” a bi-lingual online newspaper that offers articles in Italian and English, representing an American media outlet for readers in Italy and worldwide. As such, it represents a publishing effort without precedent in Italian-language journalism.

I won the Honorable Mention for “Wherever It Takes You, That’s Where You Have to Go” from IPA, International Photography Awards™ of New York in Nocturne Photography’s section (2018). My digital works won the selections for the AD ART SHOW 2020 and exhibited throughout September at the OculusWestfield World Trade Center unique architectural complex in New York City; the same works sponsored by MVVO ART are for sale on Artsy.net. I have shown my illustrations in group exhibits in the USA and Italy.

In the past, I have been studying realistic painting, but I felt that it did not belong to me, as I was not particularly eager to follow the “established” laws and norms, so I started experimenting with every available technique until I fell in love with the “one-line” art.
In recent years my interest has focused on the issue of INCOMMUNICABILITY. I investigate the inner dynamics to make them emerge from the characters I propose: internal conflicts, uncertainty, jealousy, fear, anger, passion.

Immediacy and “storytelling” are what better describe the uniqueness of my style. My research attempts to deconstruct complex three-dimensional objects into single continuous lines while maintaining their sense of depth and character.
The figures in the scene are always instinctive lines that intersect and blend with the plot. The characters are “frozen in action.” They observe, try to communicate, listen, contemplate in a suspended time. The life moves between the strokes of ink; the figures become real, claiming shapes and colors in a “new concept of life.”

In this COVID-19 era, my digital paintings are a hymn to life and truth, love, art, and the awakening of beauty, after this pandemic’s terrible events.

As I Always Look For What’s Beautiful In Everything, And I Don’t Give Up Just Because They Tell Me It Doesn’t Exist