Mark Maggiori’s first views of America were framed within the front windshield of a car making its way from New York to San Francisco. That monthlong trip, filled with majestic views of the national parks and timeless glimpses of the West, was made when Mark was only fifteen years old and on vacation far from his home in France, but its impact would ripple throughout his life and set into motion his great fascination with the West.
Years later, back in Paris, he would enroll at the famous Academie Jullian, where Western greats Ernest L. Blumenschein, Burt Geer Phillips, and Joseph Henry Sharp had also studied before they helped form the Taos Society of Artists. After being formally trained in academic drawing, Maggiori’s life would take an important detour through music. He formed a successful band, which led to many opportunities in Europe that included other artistic disciplines such as animation, photography, and filmmaking—each one informing his artistic creativity.
Eventually he was lured back to the United States, thanks to his muse, creative equal, and wife, Petecia Le Fawnhawk. Their journeys through the West immediately took him back to that original road trip two decades earlier. At age thirty-six he made the decision to paint Western art. Staking temporary claims in out-of-the-way places such as Chloride and Kingman, Arizona, where the desert offered its stunning inspiration, Maggiori quickly began to produce some of the most audacious Western paintings of a new generation—audacious because he was still brand new to the Western art world, and also because he was an outsider, a Frenchman, with a profoundly unique view of the American cowboy. In the space of just a few short years he rose through the ranks to become one of the premier Western artists working today.
His work brought many new opportunities, including important solo and group shows, and significant showings at the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists, where he won the William B. Travis Award for Patrons’ Choice in 2016 and the Sam Houston Award for Painting in 2017. He also began to expand artistically, working in plein air and spending time on ranches with cowboys and on horseback to become better acquainted with the Western way of life. In 2018 he won the Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award at the Autry’s Masters of the American West.
Maggiori’s work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and Western Horseman.
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