Venice: the city of thousand reflections .
Venice: the city of ancient scents and intriguing stories.
I believe painting Venice is one of the most difficult things to do.
Very complex from a social point of view, a seaside city with many implications , Venice is by definition a difficult city. With more than a thousand years of history, it influenced - and still does - an entire culture and its well-defined identity.
Artitss of every era and style have been painting it on their canvases, have been writing about it in their literary passages.
Speaking of Venetian Artists only, we can't avoid to remember Marco Boschini up to Diego Valeri, maybe the last great Venetian poet. To quote instead a non-Venetian one, let me refer to John Ruskin whose book "The stones of Venice" published in 1851 is a rare literary and illustrative example of the city. Of course, I can't leave behind Artists such as Turner, Sargent and Caffi: they all have been able to catch the deep cosiness of our Venetian gem.
Interpreting the city where I was born, for which I still feel the attention and fondness as if is my lover, is something that makes me proud of, being the witness of its future.
Every and each corner of my city gives me a feeling I love to feel: the magic and the melancholy at the same time. The same melancholy that wraps me up in its heartfelt silences.
The Venetian silence nurtures my soul with something unique and thoroughly rich. Something that I really need to, to be a painter.
I am always looking for that gentle shade and glare in its canals which slowly flow in the twist and turns of the city as blood in the veins.
In Venice everything is followed by the water. Every reflection changes its life character: simultaneously joyful and gloomy though always beautiful.
To paint and instill the poetical mood Venice transmits, it is necessary to keep it in your heart, living it day by day in its bright faces made of precious sparks and inviting colors.
Let me now lead you in silence to look at my paintings hoping you will feel my efforts and my personal delight while representing what I do consider a dream rose from the water of my beloved Lagoon, mother of the enchanted place known as Venice.