Ramsgate salon owner and former Come Dine With Me contestant Marcello Marino says his risky nude artwork is proving to be a hit

A hairdresser says he has been inundated with requests from customers to buy his risky work of art after discovering a new talent for oil painting.

Marcello Marino was looking for new pieces to hang on the walls of his newly renovated salon in Cliff Road, Ramsgate.

Ramsgate salon owner and former Come Dine With Me contestant Marcello Marino
Ramsgate salon owner and former Come Dine With Me contestant Marcello Marino

After working through the pandemic, the hairdresser – who came under fire for his comments on Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me – wanted to give his studio a fresh look, but struggled to find any work of art that matched what he wanted.

He said, “I wanted to put up some colors and I love red. I kept looking for works of art, but I could not find the colors or the art I wanted.

“That was when I thought I would paint it myself.”

But it was only when Marcello began a conversation with a client working as an artist that he discovered oil painting.

The father of three attended a workshop and loved the work he produced so much that he decided to hang them in his shop.

Ramsgate hairdresser Marcello Marino says his risky work of art has become a conversation.  Photo: Marcello Marino
Ramsgate hairdresser Marcello Marino says his risky work of art has become a conversation. Photo: Marcello Marino
Marcello Marino says he has been inundated with requests from customers to buy his art.  Photo: Marcello Marino
Marcello Marino says he has been inundated with requests from customers to buy his art. Photo: Marcello Marino

“It’s just the colors I like,” he said. “They have different textures and look very nice.”

And now the pieces have caught the eyes of customers who often make remarks about them to the salon owner.

Some have even offered to buy them, and Marcello says he has been inundated with requests.

He even recently sold one of his first efforts to a Ramsgate-based artist after receiving a “generous offer,” he says.

But some pieces have had a bigger reaction than others.

Some of Marcello's art has sparked some interesting conversations.  Photo: Marcello Marino
Some of Marcello’s art has sparked some interesting conversations. Photo: Marcello Marino

A piece he calls “the naked shoe” has sparked conversations among customers about whether it reflects a woman’s stiletto or something more personal.

“Everyone can look at the play and they can see something different,” Marcello adds. “It’s interpretation. I’m relaxed about these things.”

Another work of art in his studio wall, depicting a naked woman’s bust, has also raised one or two awkward questions.

Marcello said, “Everyone keeps saying, ‘Is that your wife? And I’m not saying anything.”

This is not the first time the hairdresser has courted controversy after his appearance on Come Dine With Me caused him to receive death threats.

‘I would never give up hairdressing, I love it too much. For me, it’s not my job, it’s a hobby I do with passion. ‘

After the show, he was in the spotlight again after winning a fight with Thanet Council after erecting a 7 foot by 4 foot image of his wife revealing his slit outside his store.

The council had ordered it removed because it “lowered the tone”, but Marcello disagreed, saying it was tastefully done.

Since then, the hairdresser says he has kept himself on the ground and has no plans to resign, even though he is now discovering a new hidden talent.

He said: “I would never give up hairdressing, I love it too much. For me, it’s not my job, it’s a hobby I pursue with passion.

“But I did not realize I had this talent for art, so I keep doing it.”

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