Calendar 2019

Paper: a never-ending material

Emiliano Ponzi has illustrated six scenes from Gabriella Greison’s Carta: materia infinita (Paper: a never-ending material), published in Cartaceo#01 for the Burgo Group. This is a story for lovers of paper: a material with endless possibilities, which throughout human history has taken our dreams and stories and propelled them into the future in a never-ending exchange, transforming over and again into new and different products. “We explore this special journey, that of paper, how it is processed and transformed into something recognisable that everyone uses. I have used light to illustrate the characters, their discoveries and their encounters with paper. A powerful sunset, artificial light, both are strong sources which create such clear shadows. At the end of the tale, paper springs to life from the reel, twisting andtransforming itself into one of its most noble and common forms, the page of a book.”
(Emiliano Ponzi)


Emiliano Ponzi

lives in Milan, Italy and is one of the most important contemporary Italian illustrators. He has created illustrations for publishers, such as Penguin Books, Feltrinelli and Mondadori, and newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, and La Repubblica, and has worked with the Triennale Design Museum of Milan, as well as companies such as Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Gucci, Armani, TIM, Pirelli, Ferrari and Lavazza. Some of his most recent work includes the murals for the Tre Torri stop on Milan’s lilac metro line. Emiliano has received several awards, among them the Young Guns award and the coveted Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club in New York, and awards of excellence have appeared in Print, the How International Design Awards, the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and the American Illustration Annual. His first monograph “10 x 10” (Italian-English edition), was published by Corraini in 2011. For its 80th anniversary, Penguin Books published his first picture book, The Journey of the Penguin, in autumn 2015. MOMA New York published his second work The Great New York Subway Map in February 2018.