I am an italian artist and illustrator.
I graduated in Stage Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lecce.
I’m interested in feelings, emotions and troubles of the soul.
I love to read and write poetry and these passions nourish my inner vision of life and people.
Over the years my focus has shifted to issues related to the psyche, to the deeper meanings hidden in language and to the more daring connections between words and images.
I work with mixed media on paper and canvas (monotype, collage, graphite, acrylic, pastels, grattage).
The use of vibrant colours and bold contrasts, alongside the mélange of various materials and media, enable me to create a complex world where reality coexists with metaphorical elements, the surreal and psychological.
Awards and selections
2019 – Creative Quarterly 54 , runners-up
2018 – Columbia Threadneedle Prize, finalist
2017 – IJungle Illustration Awards, Editorial Merit Award
2014 – AI ANNUAL, Italian illustration catalogue AI
2013 – 14th Syria Poletti International Competition for Illustrated Albums, Second prize for beginners
2018 – The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2018 – The Artbox Projects New York 1.0, Armory ArtWeeks, 5/16 march 2018, New York
2017 – Coplanar Profiles, Scaramuzza Arte Contemporanea Art Gallery, Lecce
2017 – Lost in Shangai, a literary walk in the historical city centre of Maruggio (TA);
2017 – The Artbox Projects Basel 1.0, Art Basel 15/18 june 2017, Basel
2016 – Freedom in the Nature, illustration exhibition, National Library, Kuwait City
2015 – On the Thread of Memories, illustration exhibition, Bari
2015 – The Sideways Glance, illustration exhibition, travelling exhibition in Italy
2014 – EDEN, TAPIRULAN Exhibition of Contemporary Illustrators, Cremona
2014 – Mail Art Exhibition, SQUAME Fanzine and Slow Galerie, Paris