Fabio Napoleoni

A piece of Fabio Napoleoni artwork is recognizable in an instant. His childlike imagination draws you into a wondrous world that seems like a visualization of a young mind. All his works come from the heart, and Napoleoni draws from personal experiences and beliefs to create a whimsical world full of love and hope.

Explore the works of Fabio Napoleoni available at Marcus Ashley Gallery.

Upcoming Events

Fabio Napoleoni ~ August 26th & 27th ~ 2022

2022/08/26

About Fabio Napoleoni

“One of my favorite quotes from Picasso is that it took him “a lifetime to paint like a child”…. And I think that there are a lot of things that are childlike in my artwork, that I just adore, and I think that’s what draws people in.

I come from a family of artists; my grandfather was an artist; my mother’s an artist; my uncle is also an artist. I was born with asthma. My mother got me some great crayons and colored pencils and everything she could as long as she kept me on the couch not exerting my lungs. The career chose me. I knew that I could draw these characters and it came natural to me.

In 2004, during my wife’s pregnancy, we had an ultrasound done. Everybody knows the word “cardio”, so as soon as the doctor said “cardiologist,” we knew automatically that there was something wrong with our baby’s heart.

This was the start of a new journey. looking at our tiny baby, with all the tubes and stitches and things like that… that stuff just doesn’t leave your mind. Why does a child, this young, have to start out life this rough? That just changed me as an individual, made me appreciate life and just start looking at things in a different perspective, and try to be more optimistic, and have a lot of hope.

My stint at the hospital with her, my wife, and the people that I met there, including the nurses, doctors, and everybody, they were just huge sources – those people, I would draw them – I started to just doodle and create little characters and incorporate a heart into each one of them.

All of my characters, I try to use them as a way to sort of capture what I’m saying to portray; there’s something about courage, or love, or not forgetting what someone has done to you, and how they affected you.

The main character Marcenvino, named after my grandfather, is basically put together from all the other little characters that I had started. The button, the shape of his face, the body, the arms, the fact that he has no thumbs, he’s got “mitten” hands. I want him to look more like a ragdoll, something that was loved and loved so much, the hair fell off, clothes are missing, you know at one point somebody has to put his stuffing back together – the way you feel as a person – you know sometimes you’re fatter, you’re ragged, you’re rundown – But you know you keep going on.

I used Marcevino to represent myself and how I felt through that process of dealing with my daughter. He was an avenue that I chose to express my frustration with everything happening and basically just get out how I was feeling. The heart is always, always, always in every single piece of work that I create. I will never forget what it means to me, where my career has gone, because of my daughter, but I want people to understand and not forget that she played a huge part in where I am today. My saying this – you should buy art because you have an emotional attachment, there’s something you can relate to. Don’t buy a piece of art because you want it to match your living room. There needs to be something there that draws you in, you want to walk by every single day, and you want to look at it and it reminds you of something, it pulls on your heartstrings; there needs to be an emotional value to it that never diminishes.

You don’t want to change the living room, and then change your artwork. The artwork should always stay there because it means something to you.”

Video: Fabio Napoleoni’s Art Process

At Marcus Ashley Gallery, we’re proud to host a number of limited edition Fabio Napoleoni works as well as unique sculptures. Come see a Napoleoni original in person in our expansive South Lake Tahoe gallery or consider purchasing a piece of art for your own collection. Learn more about him and the world he has created in this video:

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Limited Editions

These fantastic works of art come in the finest giclee art prints, signed and hand-embellished by the artist for superior quality.

NEW
Nothing to See Here
$395.00$695.00
NEW
The More the Merrier
$545.00$845.00
NEW
Wandering is Wonderful
$250.00$450.00
Afloat on Waves of Desire
$875.00$1,075.00
My Everything
$155.00$625.00
Surrounded By Your Love
$150.00$250.00
The Fearless 5
$450.00$650.00
Then You Came Along
$595.00$3,195.00
Tough As Nails
$295.00$425.00
True Colors
$255.00$455.00
Wishes
$425.00$625.00

Sculptures

Fabio Napoleoni uses his multifaceted talent to bring his distinctive works into the third dimension. He works with resin and bronze to create the same smooth, stylized characters that feature so prominently in his paintings. Marcus Ashley Gallery allows you to commission one of these imaginative sculptures for your collection.

Collecting Fabio Napoleoni’s Work at Marcus Ashley Gallery

If you have any questions about this artwork or you’re curious how these pieces would look in your collection, contact our full service gallery. We’d be happy to walk you through our services, including private home shows, custom framing, fully insured international shipping, and financing options. With the help of our art consultants, you can become a Fabio Napoleoni art collector.