Though we sometimes forget, art doesn’t have to be sophisticated, or grand, or expensively made. Never was this more apparent than with the life’s work of the late Italian composer-turned-artist Mario Mariotti(1936–1997), who turned away from his considerable music career to make simplistic art on the most readily available medium: his hands.
With nothing more than thick oil paints and the occasional simple prop, Mariotti transformed his hair-covered hands into a plethora of creative human and animal figures. His imagination is as surprising as it is wholesome.
“Use our ideas as springboards for your own creativity,” said Mariotti. “Take water-based paint—dip it, daub it, brush it on … Play with your hand and the materials. From your play there will arise a new world. Step into it.”