Born in Italy in the past century, I've been drawing and painting since early childhood, but I've always had a strong passion for travel and languages too. After graduation I moved to France and, after a couple of years in Nice, I finally settled in Mougins, a hilltop village of the French Riviera where Picasso spent the last part of his life. At the beginning of the new millennium, I visited Spain and travelled throughout the country. I was deeply impressed by the meseta around Madrid, the first desert landscape I had ever seen in my life, where villages and cities may be hundreds of kilometers apart. Years later, I moved to Cadaqués, a sort of Mediterranean Macondo where Salvador Dali spent most of his life. The frozen and mad-making Tramontana wind, which sweeps this tiny village nestled between bare headlands, inspired the homonymous short story by Gabriel García Márquez. During the following decade, I visited Patagonia, the Pampas and the Andean region of Argentina on a number of occasions. These rugged, unspoilt 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.
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