Leaving behind the hospitality industry in 2016 due to severe pain bordering with paralysis, I have decided to take some time off to recover and get my body back on track. Diagnosed with early stages of osteoporosis, I really had to change my life significantly. What really makes me happy during this period is dedicating my time to creating, painting and challenging myself in new styles and techniques.
Using mixed media, I am trying to create artworks that are reflecting on the world full of diversity, emotional connection between dreams and reality and current issues in the world. My newest collection focuses on my roots and is dedicated to my homeland – Sicily and traditional Sicilian maiolica. I also enjoy the concept of 3D, therefore I have decided to pursue this and most of my artworks involve the third dimension elements. All artworks are made from scratch, using gold leaf, timber, metal, glass, plaster, silicon and oil colours.
Majolica, or maiolica, comes from the Medieval Italian word for the Spanish island of Majorca. The Italians mistakingly thought the style was from Spain, while the technique originated in the Middle East back in the ninth century. In reality Moorish potters took their craft to Sicily and the style gradually spread to the mainland from Santo Stefano di Camastra.
Today, Sicily still has a thriving ceramics industry, centred in four main towns: Caltagirone, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Burgio and Sciacca.
The majolica ceramics have survived for centuries and the stories they still tell us remain as vital, unique and animated as the hand painted baroque ornamentations themselves.
As Sicily is primarily known as a “Territory of Mafia”, I would also like to address current issues, hence to bring more awareness about the ongoing situation when it comes to the mafia in Sicily.
Recently, I have started a collaboration with ADDIOPIZZO organization, led by a generation whose adolescence was characterized by the murders of AntiMafia judges, journalists and businessmen and operates in the Palermo metropolitan area - traditionally a Mafia stronghold. Addiopizzo was established in 2004 by five friends who wanted to open a bar in Palermo, however realizing they would be asked to pay “pizzo” to Mafia, they decided to set up an organization instead.
In 2019, the association has over 1020 members (among them traders and entrepreneurs) as well as over 13,000 consumers who are committed to buy only at shops belonging to the "pizzo-free" list. ADDIOPIZZO fights against mafia protection/extortion money and a percatange of the sale price of each artwork will be donated to the organization to support their activities.