maria carluccio illustration

“I try to create images and narratives that inspire- sometimes these are messages of hope and sometimes they are simply reflections of ideas or themes that resonate with my own personal experiences. I always try to infuse my artwork with the sense of playfulness and curiosity”.


Maria Carluccio was born and raised in a small town in northern New Jersey, back when kids rode bikes with banana seats. As a young adult, she craved to see the world and experience different cultures which lead her to live in lots of different cities throughout her life, including Milan Italy in the early 1990’s.

Maria earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology, with honors. She currently lives in Columbus Ohio and teaches illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. Maria also leads workshops and lectures at Universities an Corporations throughout the Country. Maria has licensed her artwork internationally and has worked with various clients through out the world.

Photo by Ellen Crane Photography

Photo by Ellen Crane Photography


American Greetings
An-an magazine-Japan
Architectural Digest France
Barefoot Books
Chatelaine Magazine
Chronicle Books
Crate and Barrel
Crocodile Creek
Dunton Books
Graphique De France
Hallmark Cards

Health Magazine
Henry Holt
Land of Nod
Marian Heath
Natural Health Magazine
Oopsy Daisy
Pottery Barn Kids
Teneues Publishing
Vogue- Germany


3 years ago I decided to try and create a new piece of art everyday. Back then, this was simply a way to stay in practice and challenge myself creatively. As I began to post these daily experiments on Instagram I started to see sharing my sketchbook or “inner self” has helped me feel less alone in the creative process this in turn spurred me to continue challenging myself everyday. Doing these daily posts has been a wonderful experience overall but I won't lie, it can be really hard and very scary sometimes too but this practice has changed the way I create art and it has also allowed me to connect to many wonderfully, supportive people from all over the globe. Presently I teach an “Instagram monthly challenge” in my illustration classes. I try to encourage my students to be self motivated and to see how a daily practice can make you grow in ways that you never would imagine.

To learn more about my process on my "one a day posts" check out this blog post.
Here's a little bit from my Instagram feed @Carluccio7.