“A fascinating and fearlessly candid personal life story.” -Midwest Book Review

“This is a captivating autobiography of an extraordinary life, as dramatic as it is accomplished.” -KIRKUS REVIEWS

AMERICAN JOURNEY: My Life in Art is available at a bookstore near you or by ordering through: AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and INDIGO.

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AMERICAN JOURNEY, is the vivid, transformational life story of the internationally acclaimed American-Italian painter, Marco Sassone, who came to California in search of artistic freedom and success, and whose path led him through both hope and despair to the threshold of true self fulfilment: a deeper understanding of himself and his mission as an artist.

The life he has lived and the people he has known make the memoir of this remarkable artist such a wonderful, revealing canvas. Dining with Sophia Loren, conversing with Luciano Pavarotti, and joking with Tina Turner at his own Beverly Hills opening, are all part of his California days during the ‘70s.

But what makes this memoir extraordinary is Sassone’s vivid recollection of his real life stories: his childhood in post war-torn Florence in the ‘50s; his beginnings as an artist in the glorious studio of his teacher overlooking Giotto’s bell tower; his harrowing experience of survival during the great flood of Florence in 1966; his first drawing of “Willie” in the late ‘80s, and his extensive research on the homeless that led to his groundbreaking exhibition Home on the Streets. Sassone also shares insights into the forgery of his artwork and subsequent lawsuit in the Nevada Supreme Court, along with vivid descriptions of what takes place in his studio during the act of painting: an intimate affair that he reveals for the first time in his memoir.

AMERICAN JOURNEY is an inspiring, sometimes painful and courageous examination of a life in art. Sassone’s story explores the very nature of all human beings and fulfills the inner vision that motivates them.

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