About Me

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy, where arts and people are intrinsically related. Growing up in Italy without being deeply affected by and connected with art and culture is impossible.

The name of Italy has magic in its very syllables.

Mary Shelley

I started to sketch and paint in elementary school, where my talent for art was encouraged by several teachers. Between the age of 12 to 18, I painted mainly using watercolors and acrylic and showed my work in school settings and small local fairs. Following my family tradition, I started to learn piano around the same time. My father and uncles were all proficient musicians, and my grandmother was a piano teacher in Italy. Because of my innate curiosity, I became a biologist and got my Ph.D. at the University of Rome, "La Sapienza."

After a brief postdoc at the National Institute of Health, I moved to New York City, where I pursue my career using my creativity to design experiments and imagine possible organism functions. I kept painting and studying art during this period, though with less regularity. Since the onset of the pandemic, my passion for painting has developed and now occupies a much greater space in my life. 

I have always been "drowned in nature," as the English poet William Blake wonderfully said, "To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."

I am interested in and fascinated by exploring different human conditions, particularly loneliness and solitude. This theme is not necessarily sad or painful; it’s a reminder that even when "separated" from it, we are still a part of nature. I am inspired by places I visit around the world, and I am very drawn to vast spaces and limitless horizons. The green and windy cliffs of the Scottish highland, the luminosity and color of the Hawaiian seascapes, or the cold and barren expanse of Iceland's landscapes. While traveling, I always try to meet and paint with local artists. This experience allows me to connect with different cultures and enriches me as an artist and human being.

I have recently been experimenting with different media and textures to bring dimension and movement to my paintings. The process is inspiring and humbling, allowing me to grow and develop as an artist.

My main goal as an artist is to be able to express my true self through painting and to pursue my journey by taking risks and exploring new ideas and dreams.

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