I have been painting ever since I can remember myself. I was a very shy and quite kid, that didn’t play much with other children; could be because I was an old soul, that did not relate much to my classmates or maybe because all I ever wanted to do was create art. I remember painting, drawing, making collages, sculpting or even sawing and doing embroidery.In high school, I completed the full art curriculum at Bishop Allen Academy, while attending M&N Segal School of Arts in Toronto. Later, I completed a graduate degree in Fashion and Art Direction in University of Bologna, Italy.I went on working for Luxury Living (Fendi Casa, Bentley Home, Trussardi Home, Heritage and Kenzo), that introduced me to the world of luxury furniture and design.Today, I live and create in Italy, experimenting in Mixed-Media (I love mixing different materials) and Cross-Arts (combining visual arts with music and cinematography).Here, you will find my collection of paintings from early years to the most recent works.
This was one of my first oil paintings that, I did out of my own will (while you are in art school, you follow the class curriculum and do not have much time to experiment). This was just my idea for relaxing. Simple, colorful and looking at it always makes me soo happy! Years later, I realised how much of me this painting actually has: I love playing with light and smudges, I always use bright colors and magenta is present in most of my works, flowers and dragonfly (or other insects and creatures) often populate my works! Fifteen years, I would start experimenting with cross arts and the following piece would be born.
The original painting was done in a 1,5 hour live piano session to ‘Bach’s Goldberg Variations’. While music was playing, I was capturing the images it evoked in my mind. There was no initial plan or ideas; I just painted to the music. Later, it was explained to me that Goldberg’s Variations were written by Bach on a commission from Sir Goldberg, who suffered from insomnia and requested a relaxing compilation to listen and fall asleep to..
The art work was done in acrylic, even thought it was greatly diluted to create those runs of colour. Later, I retouched and defined the details. I added silver foil and glossed with resin and pink glitter.
This painting was inspired by the beautiful Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna. I was always attracted to Byzantine and Orthodox Religious Art, but Ravenna is something truly unique and very impressive! I always wanted to try mosaics, but here I recreated the patterns and themes of famous Battistero in Basilica of San Vitale on canvas. That backdrop of blue sky with colorful stars and its gold details visited by 3 white bird silhouettes, maybe The Holy Trinity. When I started this painting, I knew exactly what I wanted to portray and I actually planned it out (something I have not done since art school), because I usually prefer working by instinct. However, school art work, is no longer my style, so I purposefully left the paint run and blend the colours. I just love imperfections on art, because to me it makes the piece so much more special.
This was my first ‘Abstract Experimentation’. I had no idea what I wanted to potray. I decided on colours and that was it. First, the giant flower of fire was born and slowly the water and reflections evolved around it. I created this art piece in a very burrascous time of Siberian fires by Lake Baikal and it probably sub-unconsciously influenced my art. Looking at it afterwards, it reminded me of another painting I did earlier this year.
This painting was a commission for a dental office. I wanted it to be dreamy and perfect to get lost in, while waiting on a dental appointment. It is done in acrylic on canvas in my favourite blues and magenta, but the best part of it is that, it can be whatever one wants it to be! Some people see icebergs, other clouds or the sea. It is sort of a figurative abstract, that passes from smooth strokes to chunky paint blobs composed together in scenery open for the viewers immagination. The red kite is the only certainty in the painting, while it flies over the surreal red horizon line.