LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
During and immediately after my academic studies (ABABO 1994), my artistic activity seemed to be clear and intense.
BUT, the intellectual encounter with Marcel Duchamp leads me to doubts and to a gradual stepping away from artistic practice to enter into Art Design.
In 1998 I founded NEO DESIGN, a workshop and meeting place where we thought, designed and produced functional objects with reused or recontextualized materials. UPCYCLING ante litteram. I focused on the aesthetic, communicative and functional value of out of use and out of context objects while feeling like M. Duchamp was winking at me! I participated in and organized several exhibitions around this theme. Until 2008.
Then, doubts came back.
Since 2008 my work as a graphic, interior, product designer took over and my artistic production resumed, in silence and in private, essentially as a “tool of thinking”.
I do not have a favourite technique. My experience has offered me various and different tools. Deeply inspired by the thought of I. Calvino, I’ve always looked for the lightness of design language, the exactitude of the concept that underlies the artwork and a predilection for the estrangement.
Since 2017 I have focused on the exemplary value of nature, especially on Prickly pear cactus an iconic plant of Sicily, but also of Mediterranean basin, South and North American deserts.
In my work, which plays around cliché and conventions, the prickly pear cactus assumes an inspirational value and becomes a symbol and a metaphor of strength and resilience.
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