British painter Enzo Marra works in oils to create small scale expressionistic paintings. With an impasto technique that is reminiscent of School of London artists Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, Enzo draws the viewer’s attention to the textural surface of his paintings. Enzo uses a refined palette, sometimes consisting of monochrome tones, and often just in black and white. The subjects Enzo chooses are typically reflections of the art world, from private studio spaces to wider gallery settings. With this subject choice, Enzo reimagines the traditions of artists painting one another, whilst inviting the viewer to access our own role as an observer.
After graduating from The University of Reading in 1999, Enzo went on to get an MA from The University of Brighton. Since finishing his studies in 2001, Enzo’s expressive style has become established throughout the UK, leading to award selections from The John Moores Painting Prize, The Threadneedle Price and The Creekside Open, to name a few.
Over the last ten years, Enzo’s work has been shown internationally in group and solo shows. One of Enzo’s most recent solo exhibitions, Deluge was held at 139artspace in London and tracked the recent developments of his style. Combining ceramics, drawings and paintings, and rejecting working from any particular source of imagery, the exhibition was centred around Enzo’s desire to create instinctive art that challenged his practice.