Making It Pop

JeanPaul Mallozzi quit his job as a gallery assistant to pursue his artist dreams.

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A positive mental attitude will help you achieve your goals and dreams.
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JeanPaul Mallozzi (seen in glass reflection) is a full time artist who does a "Pop surrealist illustration kind of thing." He says, "This piece is about when I was serving coffee for a living. I thought I would be doing that for the rest of my life, not making art."
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JeanPaul was born and raised in NYC. He has been in Miami for 4 years. This is his paint rag.
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"I quit my last full time job in September. I was working as a gallery assistant hanging artwork, wrapping artwork, basically helping other people sell their artwork rather than my own."
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"I graduated the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in illustration, but I hadn't had a chance to use it until now."
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"I'm 27 now, so that's five years of hardly doing any art at all...just hustlin', livin'."
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"I had to do it now (quit job and go full time artist), or I don't think I ever could. At 27 it's easier to risk it all. If it doesn't work out I have a fallback plan, but I hope to continue doing what I love and making money."
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"My studio is in the Bakehouse Art Complex. This is a great platform to generate sales."
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"I just sold this piece for $5,000 to a guy from Brazil."
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"If you don't have passion this isn't the job for you, and it's not just talent, it's luck too."
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A work in progress.
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Detail seen in the artist's studio at the Bakehouse Art Complex, now celebrating its 23rd year in existence in Wynwood.
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Sketches hang all over the walls of JeanPaul Mallozzi's studio.
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Girl on the wall.
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More sketching...pen and paint.
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Detail from the sketch that became a painting called "Toast To Our Love."
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Sketching.
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Pencil drawing.
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JeanPaul Mallozzi's studio desk.
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Seen on wall.
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Artists Ross Ford and JeanPaul Mallozzi.
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The artist says, "Check out my blog for more info."
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