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    Mario Zucca: Kindergarten 1985 (detail)

Illustration: Mario Zucca treats us to some terrific drawings of his 1970s parents

Posted by James Cartwright,

Mario Zucca makes work that’s immediately American. The Pennsylvanian illustrator takes his visual cues from Robert Crumb and the kind of colour palettes that feel familiar form the days of Mad. As far as client lists go, he’s got a big one having commissioned by everyone from The New York Times and Maxim to Crayola and ESPN. It goes without saying that he’s great at what he does, but we’re especially keen on his autobiographical drawings of him and his family through the ages, rendered beautifully in the pages of his sketchbook. Once you’ve seen his uncle Vince grooming a cat you’re sure to be a lifelong fan of this excellent illustrator.

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    Mario Zucca: Dad and Taunus, 1969

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    Mario Zucca: Mom, Dad, 1972

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    Mario Zucca: Mom, Licusati, 1958

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    Mario Zucca: Mom, Switzerland, 1974

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    Mario Zucca: Uncle Vince Grooming a Cat

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    Mario Zucca: Kindergarten 1985


Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.