Marilyn Patrizio was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She is a freelance illustrator, fine artist and soft toy maker.
After graduating from the School of Visual Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 2000 she began working as a staff illustrator at a children's educational software company. In 2004 she dove into the world of freelance illustration and has enjoyed collaborating with local and international clients ever since. In the beginning of 2005 she discovered the art of crochet toys also known as Amigurumi. This was perfect for her because her mother had taught her how to crochet a few years before, and this was a great way to incorporate 3-D items into her work. After a few months of experimentation making freeform soft toys she decided to start a company called So Softies in March 2005. She's grown the So Softies line to now include stationery, t-shirts and accessories featuring the original characters that she's created.
When Marilyn is not designing she enjoys painting from life at The Art Students League, stuffing her face with pizza, spending all her money on art and craft supplies, and sipping coffee at cozy cafes.
"Red-Dot Winner"/ Best of Show at The Art Students League, The Dick Blick Award, RSVP Prize Winner,
U.S. National Art Award in the area of Drawing, and Best of Show at Long Island University.
Disney/Marvel, Chicco, Target, Club Med, Silicon Alley Reporter, Alfy.com, Cleverisland.com, Site4view, ReadAloud.org, Greetings Anonymous, Double Click, Ministry of Education of Cyprus, Funtote, Cat Fish Greetings, Ehigher Education, AOL, and Random House Books.
List of selected exhibitions:
November 2014 "Through Her Eyes", Chelsea: A Place for Artists, Huntington, NY
December 2012 "Contemporary Currents: Chelsea", Chashama Gallery, New York, NY
August 2011 "The Art of Brooklyn", St. Francis College's Callahan Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
July 2011 "Contemporary Currents", The Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, NY
Dec. 2009, 2010 Art Star Holiday Show, Philadelphia, PA
July 18-August 29, 2009 "Stitch Wars", Bird and Bear Gallery, Lauderhill, Fl
Dec. 2008 - Feb. 2009 Totoro Forest Project, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Dec. 2008 Art Star Holiday Show, Philadelphia, PA
Sept 2008 Totoro benefit auction and show, Los Angeles, CA
Nov 24, 2007 - Jan 31, 2008 Tinyshop Show, Double Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
May 2007 Red Dot Exhibition, Art Students League, New York, NY
May 2007 "The Pearl 23", Headquarters Studio, New York, NY
Feb. 2007 "Lov-able & Hug-able", Gallery LELE, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
October 2006 "Plush You II" exhibition, Schmancy, Seattle, WA
April 2006 "Still Life Images", Object Image Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
March 2006 Class exhibition, Art Students League, New York, NY
Dec. 2005 Holiday show, Art Students League, New York, NY
Feb. 2005 "Art in Auction", Gallerie, Brooklyn, NY
Dec. 2004 Holiday show, Art Students League, New York, NY
Dec. 2004 International group show, Gallerie, Brooklyn, NY
Mar.-Sept.04 "Next", TheXpo Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
June 2004 Red Dot Exhibition, Art Students League, New York, NY
Feb. 2003, 2004 Class exhibition, Art Students League, New York, NY
Dec. 2002 Young Artist Exhibition, Asterisk Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
April 2002 Class exhibition, Art Students League, New York, NY
July 2001 "Painting in Barcelona", Hotel Colon, Barcelona, Spain
May 2001 Student Scholarship Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
June 2000 Class exhibition, Accademia Di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy
May 2000 Student Scholarship Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
March 2000 "Re-evolution" Exhibition, Tribeca Art Club, New York, NY
May 1999 Student Scholarship Exhibition, Society of Illustrators, New York, NY
Dec. 1995 "Art Coming to Life", Sotheby's Sixth Annual Exhibition of Student Art, Sotheby's Auction House, New York, NY