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Mario Sughi is an Italian illustrator, cartoonist and historian, living and working in Dublin. He is a member of the IGI (Illustrators Guild of Ireland) and AI (Associazione Illustratori Italiani) and the author of nerosunero.
In Rome, at the end of the seventies, he worked as humorist in Italian satirical magazines Il Male and Zut. He moved to Dublin in the late eighties where he studied Medieval History and in 1995 he was awarded a PhD by Trinity College Dublin.
His illustrations and cartoons, satirical in humour and minimalist in style have been published in international exhibition catalogues ( Offf Barcelona 2007, Semi permanent, Sidney 2008, Ink 01 International Illustration Rally, Bilbao 2008); magazines (3x3 Mag / New York, Shift Calendar 2010 / Tokyo, The Dubliner/Dublin, Clam Magazine / Paris - New York, Ideafixa/Brazil, Fluro Magazine / New Zeland), websites ( Juxtapoz, Paintalicious, Yay! Monday! Evilmonito, Design Milk) and art galleries (Sexy Art Gallery, London&Amsterdam, The Shiny Squirrel Gallery, NY; Little Paper Airplanes, Los Angeles; Umber Studios, Minneapolis; 180 Gallery Cambridge, Ontario; Wannabee and DOZ Gallery, Milan; Irish Art House, Tullamore and The Loft, Dublin, Ireland, Turn-Berlin, Germany)
LÜrzer's Archive included Mario Sughi in their compilation "200 best illustrators worldwide 2009”.
Mario’s work will feature in the 2010 Annual of Italian Illustrators.
The people in Mario Sughi's vivid illustrations seem to be living a technicolour, minimalist lifestyle. Evocative at times of David Hockney's work, these are images of consuming couples, sporty young people and languid moments. The leisure class is under Sughi's microscope and gets served back up to us in many different flavours. Sughi's style is saucy and leaves an undercurrent of mystery in the seemingly simple narrative under all those layers of colour." (by MoCo Loco Art Magazine, Canada, Nov. 2009)