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Artwork at NOVA-Alexandria emphasizes use of maps and postage stamps


“Here, There, Somewhere,” an exhibit of mixed media paintings by Marcelo Novo, will be on display starting June 13 at the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

The exhibit comprises a series of paintings created utilizing maps and postage stamps. Novo said that his “art begins not with cautious preliminary sketches but working directly on the chosen surface. This approach allows me a more spontaneous way of creating art. Diverse recurrent symbols appear in my work as manifestations of my life experiences, some of which are closely related to my Latin American cultural heritage.” 

Novo created many of the pieces on exhibit during his 2013 Summer Visiting Artist residency at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va. “The chosen surface includes portions of maps from the USA and other parts of the world as well as postage stamps, on which I paint instinctive and subconscious images,” he said. “I believe that the appeal and use of maps and stamps in these works relate to my travels, my identity and my sense of place.” 

Novo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 1992, he moved to the United States where he received a master's degree from the University of South Carolina and taught art at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.

His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Cinque Gallery in New York, N.Y. and the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, Calif. His artwork is also part of numerous collections, including the South Carolina State Arts Collection, the Contemporary Carolinas Collection of the Medical University of South Carolina, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in North Carolina and the White House Christmas Ornaments Collection. Last year, Novo had a solo show called “Parallel Words” at the Embassy of Argentina in Washington, D.C. He lives and works as a full-time artist in Alexandria, Va.


The exhibit will be on display from June 13 through July 20. The opening reception is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 11 with an Artist’s Talk at 8 p.m. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during performances.

Both the opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Beauregard Street Garage at a cost.


Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311. The gallery is located on the upper level of the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Event Contact:

For more information about the exhibit, contact Linda Vitello at lvitello@nvcc.edu or 703-845-6156.

Media Contact: Jennifer Gonzalez | 703.425.5839 | jgonzalez@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.