Ripassa domani realtà,
per oggi basta!
After primary and high school I decided to study at the Fine Arts Superior School in Lugano, where I obtained my “high school diploma” in painting as well as well as the Maraini Prize awarded to the best student of the section.
Due to personal and financial reasons I then accepted various temporary jobs in Tessin and Geneva, where I chose to live from 1970.
There I continued my studies following different modules at the IUED (Institut Universitaire Etude et Développement) in parallel to the Law Faculty.
At the end 1976 I moved to Beirut in order to study Arabic at the Institut Universitaire St. Joseph. After 5 months of intensive course the civil war broke definitely out and the University closed down.
In spite of that, I remained in Lebanon, getting the chance to work as a photo reporter for an independent newspaper, photography being -with painting- another of my passions.
I returned to Geneva in 1978 and I took the opportunity to make an exhibition of some of my pictures in Geneva and in other Swiss cities, which runned for a few months under the title of “...du thym à l'oranger.... “.
During my experience as a photographer and a witness of my “first” war, I had the chance to watch the daily work of the ICRC in the field and my professional future was decided there.
From 1980 to 2005, I worked for this Institution without interruption in the field as well in Geneva.
All that to underline my complete absence from any painting activity during 40 years, even though I kept on following the work of artists whenever I could in the places where I was.
In summer 2009 , thanks to a friend who suggested me a watercolor course in Venice given by a very good British/Swiss artist in the framework of the Fine Arts Academy of Wien, my passion for painting sparkled again.
I continued those courses in Venice and others in Switzerland.
Since I work in the search of different modes of expression using transparency, stratum and techniques that seem to repeat themselves but never are the same, each work is a moment of deep emotion which can only arise in this way, as far as I am concerned.