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Alessandra Mariani

MA work

Archivo Guancheto

When the oceans were seeded with keels and the wind began to take their sails to the remotest shores, the adventurers of ancient Europe arrived on the coasts of the Fortunate Islands.

Attributed a magical geography in the darkness of the Middle Ages, with peaks and troughs that could reach the heart, they were habitats for giants, dwarves and fantastical beasts, some strong and others wise.

In the libraries of the Kings of the Old World I have found stories that are preserved in classical languages and are hermetically sealed, telling of the extravagance and rarities of these islands. These are those stories.


  • Self-portrait
  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2014

  • Jungblut is the pseudonym of Swiss-Italian illustrator and storyteller Alessandra Mariani.

    Raised on an island off the coast of Africa, I now work out of London, while also attending the Visual Communication programme at the Royal College of Art.

    Through a wide variety of cultural influences, my work combines juxtaposition, metaphor and symbolism to form a unique visual language.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Contemporary Media Practice, University of Westminster, 2011; Core Year in Art & Design, Ringling College of Art & Design, 2008; Short Course Typography, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2010; Short Course Illustration, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2010
  • Experience

  • Animation assistant, Quentin Jones Film, 2012; Student design team member, University of Westminster, 2011-12; Curator, Notting Hill Arts Club, April-May 2010; Art department, Courvoisier Cafe du Pique-Nique, 2010
  • Exhibitions

  • Secret 7", Mother, London, 2014; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2014; Thirteen Books, Royal College of Art, London 2013; Catalyst, Ambika P3, London, 2011; Mail Me Memories, Notting Hill Arts Club, London, 2010; Authenticity, Gallery West One, London, 2010; Die Jungen Wilden, Tiefer Keller, Basel, 2009; Best of Ringling, Cooley Gallery, Sarasota, 2008; Best of CORE, Selby Gallery, Sarasota, 2008
  • Awards

  • Ringling College of Art & Design Painting Award, 2008; Ringling College of Art & Design Figurative Drawing Award, 2008