Mark Maggiori’s first views of America were framed within the front windshield of a car making its way from New York to San Francisco. That monthlong trip, filled with majestic views of the national parks and timeless glimpses of the West, was made when he was only 15 years old and on vacation far from his home in France, but its impact would ripple throughout his life and set into motion his great fascination with the West.
Years later, back in Paris, he would enroll at the famous Academie Jullian, where Western greats Ernest L. Blumenschein, Burt Geer Phillips, and Joseph Henry Sharp had also studied before they helped form the Taos Society of Artists.
Eventually he was lured back to the United States, thanks to his muse, creative equal, and wife, Petecia Le Fawnhawk. Their journeys through the West immediately took him back to that original road trip two decades earlier. At age 36 he made the decision to paint Western art. Staking temporary claims in out-of-the-way places such as Chloride and Kingman, Arizona, where the desert offered its stunning inspiration, Maggiori quickly began to produce some of the most audacious Western paintings of a new generation—audacious because he was still brand new to the Western art world, and also because he was an outsider, a Frenchman, with a profoundly unique view of the American cowboy. In the space of just a few short years he rose through the ranks to become one of the premier Western artists working today.
At the Autry’s Masters of the American West, he won the 2020 Patrons’ Choice Award, Sponsored by Mary Beth and W. Richard West, Jr., and in 2019 and 2018 he won the Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award. At the Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Night of Artists, he won the William B. Travis Award for Patrons’ Choice in 2016 and the Sam Houston Award for Painting in 2017.
Maggiori’s work has been featured in Art of the West, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector, and Western Horseman.
Mark Maggiori is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson, Wyoming, and Bozeman, Montana; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and Parsons Fine Art, Taos, New Mexico.
You can view Mark Maggiori's recent Artist Salon for 2021 Masters of the American West HERE.