I have shown you equine painters, sculptors, photographers, film makers, film festivals, cardboard artists and many other mediums of art, but this is the first time I will be featuring a paper cutting artist. And what is a better way to start out then by showing you world renowned Ugo Mochi’s stunning paper cut equine art work?! Be sure to visit his site below to see his non equine related paper cuts and other forms of his art!
Born In: Florence Italy
Ugo Mochi was born in the beautiful Florence Italy 1889. Since Mochi was a young child, he had be drawing and cutting outlines from paper, depicting what he saw. When Mochi was eight years old, he started to study with a professional painter. Then two years later he went to Florence Academy of Fine Arts. he studied various artistic skills, including sculpture and anatomy until he was 15.
In 1903, Mochi’s father was tragically killed and his mother died shortly thereafter. Soon after, Mochi was moved from the art academy to a graphic art school in Florence, then went on to learned at the Institute of Graphic Arts in Bergamo, near Milan. Finding himself unhappy at his current school, he moved to Milan and opened a drafting studio.
During the early 1900’s, Mochi was commissioned to make a series of portraits of the master composers and musicians in the history of music. While the book was awaiting it’s release, WWII began and the German publishing company never released his book.
Mochi Moved to Germany to go to the Berlin Academy of Music, which his voice teacher said he would have an entry for him. After going to Berlin, he never saw his teacher again. He then sang in cafes to earn money. Two years later, he was finally accepted into the Berlin Academy of Music.
Ugo Muchi had many successful achievements though out his life. whether spending time time with his family, creating special moments by cutting outlines out of paper, to creating paper cut wall decorations that are over 8′ tall and creating portraits of the First Ladies at the White House in Washington, D.C. USA.
In 1977 when he was 88, he was spending time in his studio looking at his art he suffered and died from a massive stroke. As his his grandchilden would later say: His life was a culmination of his vision: to live for art.
I hope you all enjoyed seeing another Ugo Mochi’s equine art! Thank you, Cat, for letting me feature your grandfather amazing a delicate artwork here on The Flying Shetlands.
Huh? What? Well, I will believe that when I see flying Shetlands !