I have been working with recycled found objects, metals, clay, wood and stone for many years.
Throughout my artwork a whimsical theme emerges, often inviting the viewer to interact playfully with the object. Such interactions can be either physical as it is with some of my pottery, toys and kinetic sculptures; or of an imaginative nature. I am inspired by Dadaist and Surrealist artists and loved learning artistic expressions of all times from the Paleolithic to Star Wars and beyond.
I studied sculpture at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and am a certified high school sculpture instructor. I also taught art to young children, helped build scenes for children's and adult's theater and designed unconventional costumes often out of recycled materials. My work has been shown at several art shows in Rome and on display in art symposiums in Italy and in Denmark.
I came to Santa Cruz in 2008 and I have been attending classes at Cabrillo in the Culinary Arts program, am certified in cooking and baking, and also hold an advanced welding certification. I enjoy the many art courses Cabrillo has to offer such as jewelry, clay, bronze and woodwork, and have been awarded two scholarships for my metal sculptures and my jewelry.
I hope that people will enjoy interacting with my art as much as I enjoy making it!