A painter from Genoa.
He paints to make dreams visible. He crosses over the ultimate limit the
non-figurative art has achieved, leading back the abstract idea again to the
shape, through decompositions and associations of images, both oneiric and
visionary, liquid and polychrome. His works, often skimmed over by irony, are
almost always pervaded by a marked symbolism, partially hinted to by the
titles, sometimes cryptic, sometimes didactic. It is not by chance that some of
his works are inspired by Baudelaire's poems.
He privileges themes related to nature, historical myths, ancient landscapes,
in synergy with his interests in the speleological and archaeological fields.
He is the author of four books and many publications on underground
architectures in Turkey, ancient Armenia, Malta and, of course, Liguria and
Genoa. He has been appointed Honorary Inspector for Archaeology by Italian
Ministry of Culture.
At the same time, in an everlasting fight between enchantment and
disappointment, he tries continuous digressions into the intriguing, sensual
and controversial female universe.
Among his inspiration sources, often openly quoted, there are Giotto, Rousseau,
Matisse, Klee, Botticelli, but also, on the one side, the anonymous prehistoric
artists of Lascaux, and on the other, the strip masters, like Manara. The
result is a kind of pictorial syncretism, with vocation between
"post-naïf" and pop-artistic, from which the symbolist
Suggestions from literature, poetry and theatre appear in many of his pictorial
themes. Sometimes he consents to illustration, according to his taste for
allegory and his inclination to tell stories by means of his compositions.
He employs few techniques: water-colour, acrylic, oil, china ink, golden sheet
and serigraphy. Instinctively he express himself by use of a broad chromatic
gamut where may occur that even the greys are coloured.
He prefers the square format, of small dimensions, but performs large sizes
too, and projects for reproductions on large surfaces.
He participates both to personal and to collective exhibitions, in Italy and
abroad, near by artists like Borella, Del Pezzo, Donzelli,
Leoni, Manara, Morellet, Musante, Nespolo, Tadini, Andy Warhol and
others. In particular, he has been invited to "Arte Fiera" in
Bologna, to "Saga" in Paris, to the International Fair of
Contemporary Art in Marbella, to the show rooms of Villa Marignoli in Rome, and
to personal itinerant exhibitions in Ankara and Izmir, organized by the Italian
Institute of Culture in Turkey. He often utilizes atypical show rooms like car
saloons, medieval cloisters, just to transatlantics.
He has joined Kaleido, a "post-transavanguardia" movement that, in
syntony with the ideas of many international artists (like Siciliano e.g.),
aims at a renewal of abstract language perceived, by now, as the most
conformist of expressive media, sometimes even too elitarian, in contemporary
He is invited to the initiatives by Mohammed Due, the Restricted Centre of
Communication founded by Plinio Mesciulam.
With the writer Laura Cametti, he has self-produced a volume in the sphere of
the "Manifesto dell'Antilibro" signed by Dorfles, Persico, Pirella e
University of Nottingham orded him the portrait of the last Warden for the
college Gallery, as well professor Paolo Forti, University of Bologna.
On behalf of the Costa Crociere ship company, he has painted the 15 panels of
the Way of the Cross for the chapels on board; he has fully decorated a few
saloons, and painted ethnic posters.
He works for publishing companies like G. Mondadori, De Agostini-Rizzoli,
Unesco Club, Sfera Group, and firms like Ecologital, Emac, Erga, ANCL, and
various other clients. He has illustrated fairy-tale books, the chemist's shops
Calendar, drawings for television documentaries (Geo & geo); the philatelic
postcard issued on occasion of the G8 Summit in Genoa; posters and book-covers
for the Genoa Aquarium; canvas for the Ancient Tuscan Factory; the drawings of
the book "Cappadocia", published by the Istituto Poligrafico dello
On behalf of Genoa Municipality he gives a stage about the philosophy of
creativity in illustration, addressed to secondary school pupils. On behalf of
Imperia Building School he projected the course "introduction to
environmental mimetic techniques by means of painting decoration",
realizing a wall-painting of 500 square metres in Sanremo. He is member of
International Jury for Euroflora 2006.
His works are published on magazines and catalogues among which "Oil
Paintings in Public Ownership" (The Public Catalogue Foundation - London), "Costa
Atlantica artworks", "Cruising into Art", "Arte,
Architettura & Stile", "Costa Concordia, architettura sospesa nel
blu" (introduced at the Triennale of Milan) "Italian Kultur
Gunleri", "Professione ed Arte", "Dictionary of the
Ligurian Artists". They are permanently exposed on board of all the
cruising ships of COSTA CROCIERE.
Le spleen de Paris, 2002, water-colour, cm 29x29 (by the
Baudelaire's short poem)
Farfallario, 2001, water-colour, cm 28x28
Subject reproduced on the length of cloths produced by Antica Manifattura
Lady Fotuna, 2004, mixed technique on canvas, cm 100x100
Private collection ANCL Roma. Work inspired to the Afrodisia's atmosphere and