Maurizio was an avid reader of fantastic literature during his youth, and admired the engaging book covers by numerous fantasy and sci-fi artists. In 1994, the artist got his first editorial commission to do the front cover of a magazine.
Today he works as an illustrator based in Turin, Italy and specialises in surreal worlds of the imagination. “While teaching digital illustration at the iMasterArt Academy, I keep exploring distant galaxies,” he says.
“This belongs to my urban fantasy portfolio. I’ve created many covers for the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, in the glorious limited editions series by Subterranean Press. This one was released in 2015 as an ebook, together with a set of black and white interior illustrations.”
2 Paradises Lost
“This was commissioned for a novella by Ursula K Le Guin, which was included in Spectrum, and Infected by Art. It was Best in the Show at the 2014 WorldCon, and the Asimov’s Readers’ Award as Best 2015 Cover.”
3 Al ice In Basel
“This year I’ll be a guest of honour at Fantasy Basel. I’ve been hired for the Key Visual Project and to paint the festival poster. I spent weeks in Wonderland experimenting with Alice, airships and steampunk versions of the Cheshire Cat. What joy.”