20 Questions: Gallo & Galluzzi

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Gallo + Galluzzi, also known as Marion Gallo and John Galluzzi, are a longtime married couple now living in Delray Beach. Together they’ve journeyed through decades and diverse worlds of art from New York to Los Angeles to South Florida. Fashion photography, fashion design, screenwriting, theater, film, book design, and poster design, their vast experience in these divergent worlds have laid the foundation for the unique expression of their visual art. They call their work, photo-painting. The eyes, the face, that’s where all the secrets hide. Humor? Sadness? Rage? They shoot a face and change it to express what they believe is the hidden emotion lying beneath the surface. They’re currently working on a series of angel portraits. Their works are now on display at the Rossetti Fine Arts Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. What is your idea of perfect happiness? MG – Perfect day… Creating a piece of art, then a jump in the pool for a swim. JG – Going to sleep at night. What is your greatest fear? MG – Being fearful. JG – Too many fears to choose from. Where do you find artistic inspiration? MG – Inside my head and everywhere I look. JG – From my wife. Which living person do you most admire? MG – Iris Apfel, for her artistry, sense of style and flat-out hutzpuh. JG – Steven Hawking. Who is your favorite artist? MG – Magritte. Dali. Lucian Freud. Woody Allen. Miles Davis. Marilyn Monroe. JG – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? MG – Piety. JG – Self sacrifice. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? MG – Oye Vey! JG – Oh, dear God! When did your first know you had to become an artist? MG – The bleak Bronx made me desperate for color, light and dancing school made me love theater, music, writing, performing. JG – When I played Beethoven as a child. It introduced me to myself. What is your greatest regret? MG – That it took so long to believe in myself. JG – Not having finished my education. What or who is the greatest love of your life? MG – My husband, John. JG – My wife. You know I had to say that. When and where were you happiest? MG – Now. JG – Big Sur, California. Marion and me, together. Which talent (other than being an artist) would you most like to have? MG – Gold digger. Tee-hee. JG – Scientist. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? MG – My height. JG – I’ve been asking myself this question all my life. What do you consider your greatest artistic achievement? MG – My play, “HOME FIRE”, that I wrote and directed. Produced in Los Angeles, it made audiences scream with laughter and grown men cry. JG – Being able to work as a professional photographer all my life and an actor as well. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? MG – A bird. JG – A bird. Oh boy! We meet again. What is your most treasured possession? MG – My many talents. JG – I’m grateful for all I have. What do you most value in your friends? MG – Honesty. JG – That they don’t talk too much. Who are your heroes in real life? MG – Gloria Steinem and my cousins, Charles and Jane Rodman. JG – Michael Connelly… for his ability to weave a perfect story. What is it that you most dislike? MG – Complainers. JG – My family. What is your motto? MG – You can do it, baby! JG – Nothing is real.

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