Freediving, Cyclades

Profile: Mark Wilman

Mark Wilman’s photographic work about Ios island in the Cyclades has been accepted for consideration at the highest levels of the art world. The focus on Mediterranean nature and its encounter with humanity in the female form create a bond they naturally express: woman blending harmoniously with mother nature inside the untamed, scenic landscapes of this spectacular Cycladic island.

This year saw the addition of Sikinos to the project. Ios' closest neighbour has a complex physical character with a history of wine production dating back over 2,500 years. 'Discovering the Beauty of Ios and Sikinos' will have its first public exhibition in Milan in 2018.

A visitor to Ios and Sikinos from age ten in 1974, Mark has learned intensely from experiences lived on both islands, becoming a freediver, trekker and rock climber in order to discover the islands' abundant beauty in greater detail and using photography to capture his impressions along the way. He began work on 'Discovering the Beauty of Ios and Sikinos' in 2014, reaching a conclusive point in in the second half of 2017.

Originally from the Notting Hill area of London, he spent many years in Milan where he followed a teaching career which earned him a client list that included: Hon. Gabriele Albertini, 8 year Mayor of Milan, Deputy of the European Parliament and actual Senator ; Stefano Gabbana of Dolce e Gabbana; Giampiero Vigorelli, an icon in Italian advertising for close to three decades; Università degli Studi di Milano (University of Milan), where he taught to PhDs, researchers and professors; many national and multinational companies and organisations in a wide variety of sectors including: medical, pharmaceutical, legal, public transportation, advertising, defence, fashion, energy, architecture, PR, marketing, banking, manufacturing, photography.

Milan also brought about a personal introduction to the famous artist Maurizio Cattelan, an encounter which had a determined impact on him.

Mark hopes to have opportunities to show his work around the world believing strongly in the value of beauty in its essential form as a gentle but important remedy to many of the problems people face in their everyday lives. His view is that the search for beauty takes effort, both mental and physical, which, in turn, encourages a healthy lifestyle leading to healthier attitudes, views and choices with better human relationships as a consequence. He believes that beauty always triumphs over ugliness and evil: destroy beauty, destroy the world with ugliness and evil, but a flower will always grow to replace destruction and devastation, no matter how long it takes. Beauty has a calming effect, it pacifies and produces good feelings, creativity and happiness.

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