studio open to the public Thurs-Mon.
Carlo creates in both one and three dimensional mediums-paintings, ceramics, sculptures, furniture and watercolors. Don't worry, if you see something you like, you can order on line
magazine cover caught my eye...this was my first exposure to Carlo Marchiori.
Opening the pages, I found an incredible article on the artist along with pictures of his home.
Remember, this was 1999, we didn't even have a computer in our home yet...my Italian was not that good and I assumed this was an article on an Italian artist with his villa in Italy.
Bingo! There was a book! And he now lives in the U.S.! I called the number listed on the web site and ordered the book. Carlo himself answered the phone when I placed the order.
Carlo has created a world reminiscent of Rome and Venice on his five acres in the Napa valley. The land has olive and eucalyptus trees, natural mineral springs and a climate similar to the Veneto area he grew up in. Marchiori designed his villa and gardens himself and is still adding to the illusion.
The interior walls are painted floor to ceiling in Italianate references.
Bacchus, Pompeii, Trojan horses,grottos, pulcinella-they are all here. When interviewed for California Style magazine, Carlo said- “I return home and enter my own dream world,” he says. “It’s a fantasy, and it’s my reality. I wake up, and I can be in 16th-century Vicenza. My spirit is uplifted. It’s the best way to start the day. It’s like living inside a painting.” •
On the way out of town, we rounded out the trip with a visit to the Del Dotto winery.
You can view the winery's opulent tasting room in the video below.
The upper border Carlo painted features wine being aged in amphora clay vessels-Roman style.
The mantle wall is the focal point of the room with its floor to ceiling mural.
This fall, I look forward to the arrival of my 2009 clay vessel Zinfandel fermented as the Romans once practiced!
Also, here is a link to a great blog-Art and Alfalfa-Gina had her home built by the same architects that designed Ca'Toga!