Marco Perego gave up on his soccer aspirations in the fall of 2002 and moved to New York City to pursue a career in art, a beloved childhood passion he has always wanted to fulfill. On getting to the city, he had to go through a lot of ups and downs, supporting himself with odd jobs in the initial months. From working as a busboy, he became a waiter, and then soccer teacher. His journey to get to the pinnacle of art eventually paid off after he sold his first painting to a friend, who motivated him not to lose focus on his artistic career. Not long after, Marco had his career breakthrough and since then, he has grown to become one of the finest artists in the competitive market.
Who is Marco Perego – Zoe Saldana’s Husband?
The Pirate, as he is popularly called, was born to a homemaker mom and waiter father on the 1st day of March 1979. Marco was raised in a blue-collar family in Salò, Italy, which doubles as his hometown. He is an Italian by nationality and of white ethnicity.
Art was something Perego had a strong passion for while growing up but his main interest, at the same time, was soccer. He ended up playing soccer all through his young age. Upon hitting seventeen, Marco was selected as part of Venice’s professional soccer team. Sadly, his soccer career was ruined by a horrific leg injury at the age of 21. Shortly after he recovered from the injury, he decided to move to New York City with the hope of forging a path for himself in art.
Coming into a city where he was all alone, Marco Perego faced difficult times trying to make ends meet and so he decided to do odd jobs. He worked as a waiter, busboy, and soccer teacher. The Italian celebrity sold his first painting to a member of the famous Moratti family in New York called Gilda Moratti. Impressed with the artwork, Gilda commended Marco and encouraged him to stay focused on his career. Overwhelmed with the recommendation, the artist began to make extra effort to build up his career.
Just a year later, Perego earned his career breakthrough painting the background of top-notch fashion brand, Dolce & Gabbana in “Where the Fashion Meets Art” campaign in 2008. The artist instantly rose to prominence after this deal and ever since he has continued to work for prominent personalities. The artist, in 2007, graced the cover of ‘The Guardian’ with his sculpture ‘The Only Good Rockstar Is a Dead Rockstar’, which appeared to have pointed to Amy Winehouse’s (a renowned British singer-songwriter) death.
Other legendary art fairs the artist has exhibited his art include but not limited to Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska, the Museo Tuscolano in Rome, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, as well as Art Basel Miami. To his credit, Perego has two short movies to his name. The first one titled: Me + Her was released in January 2014 and has Bradley Stonesifer, Joseph Oxford, Marco Perego, and Emily Bloom as its producers while Burn to Shine (a 25-minute short film made up of more than 2,500 drawings), was released in 2015 and directed by Marco.
His Net Worth
Despite the struggles and challenges Marco Perego faced in his budding years, the Italian artist has been able to amass a remarkable net worth. Perego basically made his wealth from his artwork and collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana, a leading fashion brand headquartered in Milan, Italy. Currently, his actual net worth is estimated at $5 million. Marco’s work reportedly sells for $15,000 to $30,000 per piece.
Family – Kids
Besides his artistic career, Marco Perego owes his rise to stardom to his beautiful wife, actress Zoe Saldana. Though he is a force to be reckoned with in the art industry, he is best known as Saldana’s husband. The pair began dating in March 2013 and secretly tied the knot in June 2013 in London.
Marco Perego and his wife share three sons together, twins Bowie Ezio Perego-Saldana and Cy Aridio Perego-Saldana (born in November 2014) and Zen Perego-Saldana (born in February 2017). The couple stated that their kids will be multilingual as they plan to speak all of English, Spanish and Italian around them.