Mark Maggiori’s first views of America were framed within the front windshield of a car on the way from New York to San Francisco. Maggori made that month-long trip when he was only fifteen years old and on vacation far from his home in France, but its impact rippled throughout his life and set into motion his great fascination with the West.
Years later, he enrolled at the famous Académie Julian in Paris. After his formal training, Maggiori formed a successful band that brought him many opportunities in Europe, including into other artistic disciplines such as animation, photography, and filmmaking.
Maggiori was lured back to the United States by his muse, creative equal, and wife, Petecia Lefawnhawk. They journeyed through the West, and at the age of thirty-six, he decided to paint Western art. In the space of just a few years, Maggiori has become one of the premier Western artists.
His work brought many new opportunities, including important solo and group shows and a significant showing at Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, where he won the Sam Houston Award for Best Painting in 2017 and the William B. Travis Award for Patron’s Choice in 2016. Other awards include the Don B. Huntley Spirit of the West Award at the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West in 2019 and 2018; and the Sam Houston Award for Best Painting in 2017 at Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.