I was born in Italy in the past century and I've been drawing and painting since early childhood. Being a restless traveller and a linguist, after graduation I moved to Mougins, a hilltop village of the French Riviera where Picasso spent the last few years of his life. At the beginning of the new millennium, I visited Spain and travelled throughout the country. I was deeply impressed by the desert meseta around Madrid, the first landscape with limitless horizons I had ever seen in my life, where villages and cities may be hundreds of kilometers apart. Years later, I settled in Cadaqués, a sort of Mediterranean Macondo where Salvador Dali spent much of his life. The clear atmosphere of this tiny fishing village nestled in the Cap de Creus headland was swept by the Tramontana, a cold and mad-making wind which inspired the homonymous short story by Gabriel García Márquez. In the following years, I visited on several occasions Patagonia, the Pampas and the Andean region of Argentina. These rugged, unspoilt and boundless territories, lashed by the Pampero and Zonda winds, made me think back over the years to the time I lived in Trieste, a border city famous for another gusty and mad-making wind, blowing icely from the plains of Central Europe into the Adriatic Sea: the Bora. All of these vast and sparsely populated areas, where one feels one with nature, combined with the electrifying strength of the winds and the discovery of different lifestyles and human values, had a powerful effect on me, opening my eyes to a more subjective vision of life. The first time I had this experience, I felt the sudden need to take pictures, so I bought a camera and learnt photography. Since then, I've never stopped taking pictures, but I've also continued to paint and travel. I've exhibited my artworks across Europe and in the United States. [to be continued]
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