My paintings and drawings are informed by memory, travels, urban life, art history, and are influenced by the environment in which I happen to live at the moment. A number of themes are recurrent: the architectural, the geographical, the mythological, the sublime, the map, the bird’s eye view. Currently, I am driven by visions of the city – and specifically New York City - in which the phantasmagoria of urban life is rendered through places and people seen from above, in a kaleidoscope of simultaneous views. When my paintings break away from the constraint of the frame they expand into the space of the wall, engaging the surrounding architecture. The map is a powerful metaphor that allows me to expand on the poetic of places, while exploring issues related to psychogeography and the visual possibilities of “narrative abstraction”.
Born in Italy, I have been drawing and painting from an early age. I consider art making as an intellectual as well as a manual practice, and I integrate it with academic research. The desire to experience the unfamiliar prompted me to leave my original environment and live in several cities in Italy and abroad. Currently I am based in New York City. Education: 2003, PhD in Visual Art (studio/theory), University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK; 2003 Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting; 1996 MA European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK; 1994 Diploma in Pittura, Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy. Selected Exhibitions: 2008 The Center for Architecture, New York; Apex Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; 2003 Wooster Arts Space, NY; 2002 Harris Museum, Peston UK; 2000 the American Academy in Rome, Italy.