The Odd Donkey is Marzio Mariani and Benedetta Longobardi. We live in Bologna, a picturesque medieval city in Nothern Italy.
Marzio is the artist in the family and Benedetta, when not set in mode mother 2.0, is author of the TODBlog and curator of the Oddonkey website.
Sometimes we work together on the ideas and in the design process. The artworks and crafts of TOD are an extension of our brains and souls. We hope that our work could stimulate and most importantly trigger a smile.
My name is Marzio. I was born in Milano in 1974. Since I was a little kid I have had this instinctive urge for visual art. I spent almost all of my time drawing in my bedroom and living in my fantastic world. I've been working with major advertising agencies as a freelance visualizer, illustrator and animator ever since I graduated from the Brera Fine Arts Academy in 1994. Since 2004 I am based in Bologna and besides TOD, I keep working via the Internet with advertising agencies all over Italy.
I am Benedetta. I graduated in 1999 with a degree in advertising from the School of Mass Communication at Boston University. After moving back to Milano, I worked for several years as Account Senior for TBWA and Leo Burnett. Met Marzio, fell in love and in 2006 married him in Bologna. Now we are a happy family of four. The Odd Donkey adventure has given us the chance to share our art and craftsmanship and gave me the opportunity to work from home, to set my own schedules and raise my kids the way I want. Thank you TOD!