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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m Stefano Marra, graphic designer and illustrator from Italy. I draw since I was a little kid, when I wanted to be a cartoonist. Then I changed the direction of my life a little bit, and I chose the design. Now I work as graphic designer at nju:comunicazione and I also work as freelance illustrator, because I didn’t stop to use the pencil.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Good question. It’s not easy to give a finished answer. I believe that our aesthetic is in a continuous circle and it changes quickly. Anyway, I like to be clean, essential and elegant. I like to be ironic and to send a message when it’s possible.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I usually use the computer, and I develop my works in vectors. Maybe because it helps me to be essential.

4. What is your artistic process like?

It depends, but I usually try to put my idea on paper, making some sketches, writing some keywords and starting from there. Then I design the final work on my mac. When I’m not convinced I repeat the process, coming back on the paper for other scribbles.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Many things, if I have to make some names: Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli, Pierre Mendell, Olimpia Zagnoli and others. l love watching films and tv series. I love art and artists like Depero, Picasso, Carlo CarrΓ , but I’m also fascinated by particular stories.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

When I come across in a relevant work of art, it always changes my point of view. So art has an important rule in my life, in every form.


7. Where did you study?

I studied at “Scuola di Design” in Salerno.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?

In Five years I hope to be involved in projects that give me the opportunity to express myself.

9. What about in ten?

To have a family and enjoy my kids. And to be recognised for my works.

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I would like to be fully satisfied of my works, and maybe to be an inspiration for the future designers.


11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

It’s hard to choose only one: let’s have a pizza.

12. Favourite book?

For now: Hanno tutti ragione, by Paolo Sorrentino (director of the Oscar-winning film “La grande bellezza)

13. Favourite genre of music?

Rap, I’m a fan of the A Tribe Called Quest

14. What are your hobbies?

Basketball, 24/7 πŸ™‚

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I’m not so good in basketball, but I really wanted to be a NBAΒ player.