Going back almost 31 years ago, more precisely in late February of 1981, when the city of Firenze was submerged under an icy glaze, I was born to the sounds of screaming and crying. Years pass and I’m sent off for my first day of school where, from the very beginning of my education, I realized I felt happy and free while painting, drawing and scribbling. Fast forward to the fateful day when, in Italy, students must choose a specific high school that will more or less determine our "path" in life. It was then that I decided to fully pursue my earliest passion, enrolling with a focus on Interior Design at the Istituto Statale d'Arte. By 2004, I completed university with my degree with top honors in Design from Florence’s Accademia di Belle Arti. My thesis topic: “Assymetry, parallelism and chromatic contrasts." Like many artists’ beginnings, my academic experience provided the foundation and encouraged the discipline needed to weather the screams and cries of an artist’s career. Today, I continue to create in my studio and share my works in a variety of venues: installations, personal and group gallery exhibitions, and art fairs throughout Europe. About My Work There are things that at first seem futile: to attempt, or even to understand. Yet those same “hopeless” things, with perhaps a little more consideration, maybe even the passage of time, can be appreciated for what they are – leaving us to discover the inherent importance and significance that can lie deeper. This idea is the core of what I would like to share with those who view and experience my art. My work reveals quite an evolution throughout my academic coursework, with my first works heavily influenced by instruction at the Istituto d'Arte (Interior Design), and then at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Design), both in Florence, Italy. Over time, rather than simply finding solutions for solutions sake, my growth shows even more natural and instinctive artistic choices. Whether on canvas or other surfaces, my work is wholly born from first-hand experiences in my life. When I found myself in complicated situations, during periods when I was unsure about following my rational or irrational thoughts, or feeling like I was at the end of my rope with frustration with small problems that morphed into huge obstacles -- I would so often find myself at that proverbial fork in the road, not knowing what to choose, where to go, left of right, right or left, the path always changing, and in my head: chaos. The only thing that helped me unravel these winding thoughts was to better analyze my ideas, put them on canvas, on paper, wood panels or any other materials that I found at my hands. My personal experiences and continual search for satisfying answers moved me to increasingly incorporate two elements of the human body into my work, the two parts indispensible in every individual. The heart, our irrational yet instinctive friend, and the brain, our rational thought center that seeks to always leave us with our feet on the ground. I use these two human organs, depicted without alteration or interpretation, shown in their rawest state possible, with the intent to rouse, even provoke, the viewer, while at the same time, convey the rushing beat of my own heart and the ruminating thoughts in my mind. These ideas comprise the inspiration for my "Think & Act, Project." Staying with the same concept, I started to analyze not only my thoughts, but also the thoughts of other people as well – the experiences and traumas that we all face every day, and to show how we all face these situations in unique ways. I typically represent female figures, rarely male, in an effort to better discuss the multiple roles and personalities that exist within the “mind of woman” – analyzing their attitudes, needs, and the seemingly conflicting choices and fragmented nature of their lives. Beyond expressing these ideas and states of mind, I also to use space, brushstroke and color selection to represent the basis of meaning, using specific materials and techniques, as well as frequent use of wood and cardboard elements.