Mario Camerini

Mario Camerini was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1953. After moving with his family to Milan, Italy, in 1962, he attends the Brera art school and then Graphic school in Lugano. After his studies in the ‘70s, he works as a sound technician for Eugenio Finardi and Alberto Camerini, and actively participated in the milanese underground in Re Nudo’s era. In those years he draws his first graphic novel, 35 pages, diary of a “musica ribelle” tour now lost. Another graphic novel shortly follows for the weekly pop music magazine “Gong”, with a story inspired by a Ray Bradbury sci-fi novel and written by Eugenio Finardi. In ’79 Mario moves back to Brazil, where he works for TV Tupì, the second biggest Brazilian tv network, as Head of Graphic and manager of all the internal and external graphics of the network. Two years later he becomes art at DPZ, the most creative advertising agency at the time, and at the same time he illustrates various book covers for the “Editora Brasiliense”. Mario leaves advertising and becomes a freelance illustrator. In ’83 he’s back in Italy on his father’s invitation to manage together the newborn MultiFilm. He produces high-quality commercials for important companies like Alfa Romeo, working as a director himself for several years. In ’87 he quits his job as a producer and director to travel the word as a TV producer for McCann Erickson and working with clients like Opel, Coca-Cola, Martini and Findus in the years of the “Milano to drink” at the end of the ‘80s, when advertising productions still produce millions. The big change comes in 1992: after fathering his first two children, Mario decides to change his life. He leaves Milan and moves with his family to Rhodes, Greece, where he follows his true love: illustrations. After noticing that maps of the old town didn't exist, he studies and draws his own in bird’s eye view, which has such success that it is printed in 5 different editions. The success of the first map convinces him to draw others: the town of Rhodes, the whole island, Embona, Faliraki and Lands only in Rhodes. Then, other Greek locations for Skymap, an English-Greek company: Santorini, Mykonos, Skyathos, Corfù, Hydra, Naxos, Paros, Poros, Spetses, Aegina, Glyfada and three different areas of Athens, the Plaka, Kolonaki and Syntagma. These are years of intense production where Mario not only draws and produces countless maps, but is also called to paint frescos in prestigious clubs and hotels in Rhodes. Moving back to Italy after five years, he works as Tv producer for Saatchi&Saatchi in Milan, but never abandons his work as illustrator, which continues until today after abandoning advertising for good, with an intense production of Italian maps. As of today, Mario just finished an intricate project focused on Rome, drawing the map of every one of the 22 “rioni”, or districts, in which the center of the Eternal City is divided. The peculiarity of this project lies in the fact that the maps, being drawn and printed in the same scale, are made to be joined together to form a single map of the whole center of Rome.