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Mark Retacco
Bayville, NJ
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Mark Retacco’s resume consists of an extensive background in the Hollywood entertainment industry, having worked for Paramount, Burbank Studios, and 20th Century Fox Studios.  In 1991, he worked for Color Systems Technology, converting over one hundred movies from Ted Turner's Classic Movie Library from black and white to color, including “Miracle on Thirty-Fourth Street” and “Casablanca.”  In 1993, he began painting with acrylics on both canvas and paper.  He enjoys unusual subjects, and inspired by his work for Color Systems, he sometimes paints in just black and white, and other times in color.

He returned to the East coast after seven years in Los Angeles, where he established a traveling one-man show called ART2FACTS which he delivered to a number of public schools in the state.  His program helped children understand artistic vision and its many forms along with teaching creativity in art.  Retacco wished to send the message that the arts are just as important to the learning process as mathematics and the sciences.  Retacco has received a letter of recognition from President Bill Clinton, and was an honoree judge for the 1996 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the New Jersey News Channel.  In 1997, MTV's “Real World: Boston” house featured a collection of his limited edition prints.

On his work, he states: “My paint brush takes me on a journey of happiness, despair and self discovery.  At times, I just glide along losing my fears with no time boundaries or inhibitions.  I am grateful to He who is the one who has given me this talent – It is my sanity and independence from this world.”

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