Hello there. I am an Italian (clearly) professor and artist. I left Italy many years ago with my wife and we lived 2 years in Costa Rica, more than 20 years in the Republic of Panama, and six years ago we moved to Beijing.
First the boring staff. I have a pretty much useless yet really loved Ph.D. in Philosophy and a series of other tiles that are arts related as well. It sounds fancy, but to be honest, it just happened, and I don’t even consider them much. It looks good on a CV tho J
When in Costa Rica I was approached by and editor to contribute to the country first attempt at a comic book strip. The deal didn’t materialize but I managed to start working on countless advertisements story boards, something that I continued until I left Panama more than 20 years later. It paid poorly, it was rushed, shameful but it was a good way to promote myself.
I covered several positions inside the academic world, from teaching to being a Vice Academic Rector. Best thing? I managed to meet many artists and learned so much from them.
Fast forward to 2004 when I managed the finals in the notorious Illustrator of The Future Contest. It was really fun, they even paid for the airfare to LA. I even managed to meet few celebrities, while ditching all the efforts from them to “enroll” me into their church. You know, the Tom Cruise one…
During all these years, I really did a lot: book covers, illustrations, fine arts exhibitions, sequential arts, storyboards,
Then I started writing. And I published one book and wrote three more, along with an array of short stories.
Then, I started with posting on on-line galleries and social media.
And I am here.
No wonder I am feeling so tired all the time.
I grew up in Italy surrounded by comic books, anime, manga, and tv shows. I was born in 1969, and I was fortunate enough to live through those amazing years of going to movies and see Alien, Blade Runner, Star Wars, and so many more. It was glorious. Then, I would come back home and would start try to draw the scenes, the characters and all I could.
I started cannibalizing all I could, learn all I could about the process, I was fascinated and mesmerized at the same time.
I was 10 years old when I decided art would have been my whole and only pursue in life. It did. It still does.