The Italian artist uses every canvas available, from sales receipts to dictionary pages, for his incredible illustrations.
Michael Moccia believes artists should find their own style, and that’s what he’s been doing from a very young age. The illustrator draws impressive hyperrealistic art and re-creations of classic works by beloved artists, from Magritte to Vermeer to van Gogh. For him, any piece of paper can become a canvas, and he has a growing collection of art on sales receipts and book pages. In an interview, the talented artist shared a peek into his creative life.
When did you start drawing, and how did you develop your skills?
I started drawing at the age of two. At the age of three I knew how to draw perspective and, shortly after, movement.
What were the steps that led you to your highly detailed illustrations on sales receipts?
I was very fixated with hyperrealism a few years ago. Then I started experimenting more, and now I’m making this thing of my receipts, and for now I’m really enjoying it.
When did you start sharing your work, and were you surprised by the response?
I started sharing my works a few years ago on Ask.fm, when I was still practicing hyperrealism. I liked it a lot, so I started to share my work on the web.
What are the greatest rewards of your artistic life?
It may seem silly, but it gives me satisfaction when the big pages or big newspapers share my works, and obviously the people who follow me.
What’s one truth you’ve learned as an artist?
You have to insist on finding your way and your style, and try to make it work. “Love your work, and you will never work one day of your life.”
Is there anything else you’d like readers to know?
To my readers: do what you like.