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Francesco Zorzi is an italian illustrator and visual designer. Born and raised in Tuscany, he lives and works between uptown New York City and Firenze.
He worked as a comic strip artist when he was in his early 20s, and obtained an MFA in Architecture in his mid 20s. He went on to co-found a multimedia agency in his late 20s, working there as designer, creative director and illustrator for almost 18 years. In his late 40s he decided to take on another challenge and become an independent illustrator and visual designer.
He has been featured in the last three editions of Luerzer’s Archive’s “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide”, in the latest two American Illustration editions, in the ” 2015 American Graphic Design Awards” by GD USA, in the first edition of Premio Illustri, as well as in the latest three editions of the “3X3 Illustration Directory”.
He received Merit and Honorable Mention awards at the 3×3 International Illustration Show, Honorary Mention at Global Illustration Award 16, and two Gold Awards in the 2016 edition of the Muse Creative Awards
His illustrations have been recognized by Creative Quarterly, Juxtapoz magazine, and D La Repubblica. He has worked for The Wall Street Journal, Monocle, Advertising Age, The Boston Globe, The New York Observer, and he is a contributing artist at Hemispheres Magazine. In the Summer of 2018 he designed the illustration series for the visual identity system of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors festival in NYC.
Francesco Zorzi is featured on the book by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico “FREE HAND, New Typography Sketchbooks”, and “The Illustration Idea Book: Inspiration from 50 Masters”, by Steven Heller and Gail Anderson, amongst illustrators and artists like Milton Glaser, Serge Bloch, Christoph Niemann, Noma Bar, Olimpia Zagnoli, Emiliano Ponzi
He’s a contributing member of AIGA, The American Institute of Graphic Arts
He’s an Adjunct Professor of Design at SRISA, Firenze, teaching the students of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis