Ottavio Marino is an Italian artist, who lives in a southern country of Italy called Calabria. He started photographing four years ago before that Ottavio was involved in architectural design and cultural promotion, he was a curator of theatrical events but he taught art.

In a few years, Ottavio has been involved in many projects. Then Photography came into his life and everything changed. He curated his first photographic projects in 2014, with a project inspired by Caravaggio’s paintings and a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Soon after, the artist began working with other projects and arrived the first publications on Italian and international magazines.

Ottavio Marino became the Gold Photographer in a project by Vogue Italia that discovers the best talents in international photography. Many of projects have been presented by Rai Arte, the cultural channel of the Italian television. Many of his photo art was exhibited in Italian cities. Some of the photos became part of Italian museum’s collections.

Ottavio is a storyteller and he presents his work through the light.


For me, photography is above everything to tell, a good photo is that photography that can tell and that crosses reality into the dimension of the dream. I love paintings and my most important references are Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Each of my photographic projects was born as a musical score, so many notes that run and tell my stories.’ – the artist said.


In previous projects, there was a lot of pictorial appeals, a very strong Caravaggio’s touch. With “Less is more” Ottavio Marino came back to his first love, architecture.

I love the architecture that for me is above all discipline and rigor. Architecture like music is the basis of my photographic projects. I consider Euclidean geometry as the source of beauty’.

“Less is more” inspired by the essential simplicity of Mies Van Der Rohe’s architectures. In this project, everything is reduced to the essentials, to the heart of things, shapes, and colors. Simple objects and elements of the architecture of the human body. Elements of human anatomy harmonize in the simple and linear forms of compositional elements that bring to the essentiality of Mies Van Der Rohe. It takes away all that isn’t essential,  things are reduced to their essence, to their deeper soul. All that is not needed is eliminated.