Marcello Barenghi is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Milan (Italy), where he was born in 1969 and where he attended the Art School "Umberto Boccioni", the School of Applied Arts "Arte e Messaggio" (Castello Sforzesco) and graduated in Architecture from the Polytechnic University. As a child he showed great artistic skills, when he was 9 years old he was amazed by Leonardo's Mona Lisa and I tried to reproduce it.
The 70's were the years of the markers, the superhero of Marvel and Japanese robots and his favorites were Spiderman, Gig and Mazinger. In the 80's he discovered coloring pencils, but immediately felt the need to find a different technique that would allow him to cover large areas and avoid the grainy look of colored pencils.
Meanwhile, at school he started drawing from life using a blood-red pencil and began learning the techniques of tempera, watercolors and clay modeling. Finally, in 1985, the discovery of the airbrush allowed him to improve the texture of his illustrations. In those years he was fascinated by Derek Riggs, the legendary illustrator of the British heavy metal band "Iron Maiden"; for several years he worked on the figure of Eddie "The Head" and on his way of represent him.
In the late '80s, while attending the school "Art and message" in Milan, he "met" other artists who influenced his education. They are all extraordinary designers for their technique and vision: Hajime Sorayama and his amazing chrome robot, Tanino Liberatore and his magnificent Ranxerox, the great Eleuteri Serpieri and his beautiful Druna, Richard Corben and Simon Bisley. Not to mention the style and the visual power of Tim Burton, author and director of unforgettable images, environments and architectures that are very close to his ideal of beauty.