Mary A. Rappazzo is a Los Angeles native, a Fine Arts Painter, Digital Illustrator, and Graphic Designer. Art has always been her important part of her life while growing up in Los Angeles. She began painting at age 10, with her grandmother’s encouragement and mentorship. Mary discovered her recognizable, one-eyed signature style in her early twenties, which she expresses in bold statements using a broad palette of colors, figurative and representational images in idealized forms. She chooses provocative themes from everyday life: personal and emotional issues, social injustice, political policies, and people in the public eye. The figurative images that Mary created are often lacking a sensory organ or two, and yet they are completely engaged in the world around them.

Mary was a digital artist at Disney for 12 years. In 2012, she expanded her business, 1 Eye Art & Design (www.1eyeartdesign.com). She currently serves a broad variety of clients including Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, City of Los Angeles, and major publishing houses. She also works with small businesses and individuals with special projects.

A large exhibition of Mary’s work was shown in April, 2012 at the DYER ARTS CENTER, Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, NY. The gallery featured 32 of Mary's paintings borrowed from collectors across the country. See the link: Mary Rappazzo at NTID.

Her paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and public institutions:

• Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA)
• Brand Library Art Gallery (Glendale, CA)
• Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (Frederick, MD)
• Dezart One Gallery (Palm Springs, CA)
• Eagle Rock Center for the Arts (Los Angeles, CA)
• Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
• Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA)
• Los Angeles Municipal Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
• Pepco Edison Place Gallery (Washington, D.C.)
• Rico Gallery (Santa Monica, CA)
• Silpe Gallery at Hartford Art School (Hartford, CT)

• San Francisco Public Library (San Francisco, CA)
• Toluca Lake Art Faire (Toluca Lake, CA)

Mary's two artworks have been featured in several episodes of the ABC Family‘s SWITCHED AT BIRTH - 2nd Season 2012 and 3rd Season 2014

Mary was selected as a HONORARY MEMBER (2010) of The Pearls Collection: 20 deaf women from across the U.S. whose work has transcended and shaped their fields. Link: www.themprojects.com (scroll down for video)

Mary's AWARDS
2004: Best of Show - Toluca Lake Art Faire (Toluca Lake, CA)
1996: President's Award - Brand XXV, National Juried Slide Competition, Brand Art Library Gallery (Glendale, CA)
1994: 1st Place - 9th Annual Exhibition by Artists With Disabilities, The Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA)