Tuesday, April 04, 2006


The remarkable Italian artist Mario Mariotti (1936-1997) is a conceptual artist who transforms his hands into odd, fantastic creatures. He can turn hands into almost anything. His book "Animani" showcased a great variety of wild animals and birds -- all hands, adorned with a lot of paint, a few toothpicks, string and some button eyes. I scan this pictures from the book "Animains", 1974, Dessain et Tolra, Paris pour les éditions en langue française.


  1. I have seen a few of these before, Sonia. I love the giraffe and the green dragon(?). Thanks for reminding me of the update!

  2. Wow, how amazing that he can do all these things with his hands.
    The painting is so remarkable too. This must take a long time and much dedication!

    Hard to pick a favorite but I think I'll go with the gariffe!

    Thanks for sharing this Sonia!!

  3. Isn't art wonderful? Those animals are really fun. I like the elephant. I love to see how creative minds work.

    Take care,

  4. My son had this book when he was a child and it was one of his favorites. Aren't these animal interpretations wonderful!?

  5. I found the book, "Animani", in Paris & brought it home. It is fantastic.

  6. Those are fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  7. Fantastic pics I like the Elephant best.

  8. wow..I have never seen anything like it- thanks for sharing!

  9. Wonderfully done. It's amazing what some people see when they are looking at their own hands. Beautiful.

  10. Wow, they are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. Take care, Meow

  11. Oh ! Sonia, these animals are very funny.
    We can realise that we need nothing to amuse childrens, and adults !

  12. oh I love them all! What a fun thing to do! Thank you for sharing these with us!

  13. Bonjour,
    Tout simplement GENIAL !!
    J'aime beaucoup votre travail.
    Sauf avis contraire de votre part, je reprends votre blog dans mes liens. A bientôt


  14. those were really fun. Gave me a smile for today :)

  15. What fun, this guy would be great at a birthday party.

  16. These are very funny! I especially like the zebra.

  17. Sonia, your site certainly displays an eclectic variety of subjects and is always intriguing. I love the variety and the depth of detail you provide. Lovely work, keep it up.

  18. This is absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing, Sonia.

  19. Our hands are surely very expressive under ordinary circumstances, but this artist has added another level.

    Am enjoying your other posts, too.

  20. A fascinating and fun post. I had heard of this but never seen any pictures - Thankyou for sharing these

  21. What a talented man he was, Sonia...These are such beautiful BEAUTIFUL Pictures! I was here before--actually twice--and thought I left a comment...(I think my illness made me stupid! LOL).....anyway...LOVE these!!

    To answer your question my dear, no, none of those ads in the real estate page are mine...Somewhere I do have that page but God knows where....it was over 40 years ago! One day I will have to try to see if I can find that "ad"...it didn't have a photograph, but it had a wonderful description...and actually the 'real' thing was much much better than the "ad"....A very very unusuasl circumstance and a wonderful one, for me!
    Thanks for the visit, dear Sonia.

  22. Thanks for stopping by, Sonia. You really have a nice place here, somewhere to sit and muse. I’ll defiantly be returning. On this set of images; now that is imaginative!

  23. Sonia, I visited your post when you sent your 'update' email (which I love getting by the way, it's a lovely way of knowing you have a new post). BUT, I clicked one of your links and realized later that I'd forgotten to leave a comment to let you know I'd visited :)
    What a vivid imagination this artist has. I've seen some of his art before, and it was lovely to see more. Thanks! It's such an education to visit you!

  24. I have a copy of the Hanibals, by Mario Mariotti, but had no idea who had done these until now. It was passed around in an email with no one given the credit. Thank you.

    By the way, I have just spent yesterday & today reading your ENTIRE blog from the beginning in Sept. 2005 until the present day. It was very interesting and very imformative. I especially enjoyed the unusual fruit trees of Brazil and well as the landscapes, cities, art work and crafts of your mother, grandmother...I'm sure that I have probably left something out, but I just wanted to let you know that your blog was so interesting that I had to search your archives and ended up reading everything there was to read that you have written.

    I didn't want to leave without leaving you a comment.

  25. Hello, I am an spanish blogger. I am investigate to Mario Mariotti, and i am in your blog. Fantastic blog. I go to copy something photo of Mariotti and i go to put in my blog your blog, for publicite you.

    I think that i visit you another moment.

    My blog is:


    A various themes blog, sports, art, entarteinment, fencing, movies...

    I want invite to you to visit my site.


    from Spain-Europe

  26. Thank you for sharing. There are few pictures from this book apart from this: http://www.repubblica.it/2006/08/gallerie/spettacoliecultura/mani/1.html
    I used some of yours and hope you will not mind, it will be posted tomorrow. Wish you a pleasant afternoon!

  27. In case..some ideas ..


    from Hector Serrano:


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