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From Pop Art to World Peace with Bob Marongiu

Pop Art Painter Bob Marangiu is our guest today.  His Picasso-meets-Murakami works will make you smile, but there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye.  Listen in as we talk at the street café just outside his studio about the role of painting in a social context, the importance of happiness, and yes, bob’s brilliant and possibly viable recipe for world peace.

Our Guest Artist:  Bob Marongiu

Our Host Artist: Carol McQuaid


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 In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • The role of happiness in Bob’s artwork
  • Filmmaker Lorenzo Jovannotti
  • Joan Miro in London
  • Hanna Barbera
  • Wily Coyote
  • Pink Floyd Producer Bob Ezrin
  • His standing date as the background painter on the famous Sardinian TV Show “Come il Calcio Sui il Macaroni
  • How his career began with a show in Costa Smeralda
  • Breaking through that definition of ‘real artist’ and how he thought he’d be a showman or a singer rather than a visual artist (ed note: you’re also a wonderful showman Bob)
  • The joy of live painting, and how it’s more important meeting and showing people that if they have a dream they can achieve it. Rather than saying “Look how good I am, how nice my paintings are” he has a bigger dream
  • The importance of nature and trading off New York exhibits for Gauguin style time in nature
  • The upside of moving his studio back into his house
  • His current work, based on his vision of lush Sardinia
  • The consequences of messing with nature, dams and clearcutting in Sardinia
  • The book Silenced Rivers by Patrick McCully
  • His plan to build an Arts Industry alongside every Arms Industry around the world
  • The Graniti Murales Artist in Residence program in Sicily


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About the author, Carol

I love creating big cityscapes in paint and print. I travel around the world painting, teaching and doing art residencies. I meet artists everywhere, and I love bringing their stories to you on “Two Artists Walk into a Bar” podcast.

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