The Anglers Journal
THE ARTIST’S EYE
By Gary Caputi
Savio Mizzi says if he put as much time into his work as he did fishing, he’d be rich of purse but not of spirit.
Savio Mizzi might be considered a newcomer in the world of marine artists, but he has been a creative force in fine arts for more than 40 years. He is passionate about his art, but like everything else in his life, it takes a back seat to fishing.
When Mizzi and his wife, Gigi, were house hunting in the Hamptons in the late 1980s, they drove past a group of anglers catching fish from the beach. “That was all it took,” Mizzi says. “We bought a house near Three Mile Harbor, and I set up my studio. I was still doing freelance graphics work for ad agencies in Manhattan, and commission work, including book covers for New York publishing houses.” This was in addition to his endless musings on sketch pads that are the basis for many of his marine and fine art compositions.
May 28, 2020
ARTIST AND ANGLER
By Fred Golofaro
Capt. Savio Mizzi who serves as The Fisherman’s staff artist has been practicing art since his days as a youth on the island of Gozo in Malta. There he also developed a love for fishing, though in that part of the world, most of his fishing was done with handlines. In 1974 at age 18, he and his family came to the United States and settled in Queens.
He went to school for advertising design and also studied art in Europe. His work was featured in shows throughout Europe and the United States and in addition to his art sales, he did a lot of freelance work for newspapers, national magazines, the fashion industry, book publishers and advertising agencies. His work was regularly featured in Newsday’s magazine section once he settled on Long Island. Known in the art world as “The Renaissance Man” for his mixed media approach and diverse painting style, his work ranged from surrealism to realistic water colors with a unique style all his own.