Who is Marco Oggian?
Born (1990, Venezia) and raised in Italy, but currently residing in Spain, Marco has worked on more than 150 projects around the world. After five years of study at the Liceo Artistico Angelo Frattini in Varese and despite my expulsion from the university in Switzerland, he began his professional career working as a graphic designer for different brands. Over the years he's contributed to the creation of "True Color Films" in Switzerland, one of the most interesting and innovative studios for artistic direction and audiovisual specializing in extreme sports in Europe. Since then, he's collaborating with big-name clients such as Nike, Volcom, BMW, Vogue, Samsung, Saatchi & Saatchi and Firefox. Been published in more than 30 books on design, branding, illustration and typography and exhibited in galleries in Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Seoul, Turin and Tokyo.
Tell us more about your monstrously tasty Artcard set for the x Dopple Print Collection?
From Latin Monstrum = Prodigy, Wonder. The monsters have accompanied us since we were little kids, representing our fears and struggles. During the childhood we feel a deep attraction for monsters because they represent something unknown. Monsters are what increase our courage and imagination, in contrast to the overly comforting and planned reality we live. Often the monster is represented as a lonely, sad and forgotten being (Quasimodo, Minotauro, Frankestein's creature) capable of becoming tender by embodying our fear of social rejection.
In each culture there are different representations of these diverse beings, often with radically opposite meanings. Like dragons, positive in Chinese culture and negative and evil in the Christian world. Or the facial and body decoration of some ethnic groups (Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Bushmen) that Westerners interpret as monsters, when for them they are the maximum representation of beauty and tradition. My project is a tribute to monsters, multiculturalism, different beings and to everything that is wonderful in this world.
Describe your creative process.
Often using simple shapes and bright colors to highlight critical, controversial and social issues, my posters and prints have featured prominently in many iconic moments in recent years. From criticism of the Syrian war to the Black Lives Matters riots last June.
What's your biggest source of inspiration?
My strong sarcasm has generated two well-marked positions in the viewer. I am not afraid to stand up for a cause and is clearly visible in my work.
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