Ciro Marchetti

Deck Designer & Artist

Ciro Marchetti’s career as an illustrator and graphic designer has spanned working in three continents. A founding partner of the largest graphic design company in South America. His work involved package design, corporate identity programs, and branding for a number of major multinational corporations. His personal illustration work has been licensed and reproduced worldwide. He has taught and given lectures on digital art at the Art Institute. Over the last 18 years he has been actively involved in the world of cartomancy having produced a number decks, including The Gilded Tarot, Tarot of Dreams, Lenormand and Kipper, initially as self-published editions and also licensed internationally in multiple languages.

Ciro contributed the website art work for StaarCon 2021 and 2022 and presented A Journey as the Companion of Fools at StaarCon 2021. He will present The Art of Visual Communication at StaarCon 2022.

 

A Journey as the Companion of Fools
StaarCon 2021

Take a look back over the past 16 years of Ciro Marchetti’s involvement in the fascinating word of Tarot; the art, the business, the community.

Art, Imagination, and Industry with Ciro Marchetti

The second episode of StaarCast features well-known tarot artist Ciro Marchetti. In his conversation with your host, Christiana Gaudet, Ciro shares some great stories. If you have ever wanted a peek into the mind that designed some of the best-loved tarot decks of the past sixteen years, this episode will delight you.

A Journey as the Companion of Fools

A look back over the past 16 years of my involvement in the fascinating word of Tarot; the art, the business, the community. (This is a pre-recorded presentation. Submit your questions in the chat, and then join us for a short, live, Q and A session with the artist in the next session, right here on the Main Stage.

Tarot Art and Artists Breakfast and Discussion

Why did our artists create the cards the way they did? What are our favorite card depictions, and why? How do different types of art stimulate our physic senses differently? How would you like to depict the cards? What sort of deck would you design if you could? Be part of a conversation about our art and with our artists.

The Art of Visual Communication

Looking back at almost 18 years involved with Tarot?? It’s been quite a journey. I’ll be discussing how and why I initially got involved. What was my preparation and approach, and how that changed over the years. Reviewing what hopefully worked but also what didn’t. A general summary of the power of imagery and its application to cartomancy. A creative process that required a balance of both respecting tradition but also challenging it. A closer look at a number of cards from several of my decks, with a more in depth explanation of them, pointing out details and context that may not be initially apparent. But in doing so may provide different perspectives to consider in a reading.

It Takes Three to Tango Part 1

​For centuries the tool of tarot has been delivered via cards with printed imagery, each containing scenes, characters, patterns, and symbols to serve as visual devices to communicate their meaning. But their true potential is realized when those images are transformed in the mind of each individual reader. This symbiotic duet between designer and reader is what provides the real magic and infinite possibilities. But now there is a third participant to the dance.

Session 1. I will use various cards to demonstrate the creative balance between established traditional representations and personal directions, in order to achieve new imagery that embraces more contemporary social values and circumstances.

It Takes Three to Tango Part 2

For centuries the tool of tarot has been delivered via cards with printed imagery, each containing scenes, characters, patterns, and symbols to serve as visual devices to communicate their meaning. But their true potential is realized when those images are transformed in the mind of each individual reader. This symbiotic duet between designer and reader is what provides the real magic and infinite possibilities. But now there is a third participant to the dance.

Session 2. I will also be showing segments from various animation projects that incorporate brief additional dimensions of time to what were previously static printed images of frozen instances. The purpose of these segments is for relaxation, meditative preparations for a reading, and also for general reference to various tarot associations.

It Takes Three to Tango Part 3

​For centuries the tool of tarot has been delivered via cards with printed imagery, each containing scenes, characters, patterns, and symbols to serve as visual devices to communicate their meaning. But their true potential is realized when those images are transformed in the mind of each individual reader. This symbiotic duet between designer and reader is what provides the real magic and infinite possibilities. But now there is a third participant to the dance.

Session 3. The introduction of a new dance partner in the form of AI, artificial intelligence. AI will, like it or not, have a profound effect on the creative and production process, commercial repercussions, and no doubt also raise some interesting discussions within the community regarding the spiritual considerations of using such decks.

To better understand the significance, I will demonstrate the basic process behind the production of such imagery and be giving away to the in-person attendees sample signed prints of what may well be the very first samples of what will be an interesting, questionable, but inevitable future.

We will end with an open discussion regarding AI, where we can share our views, enthusiasm, or concerns, regarding its significance.