I Had been looking for the opportunity to move abroad for two years and in 2014, it was time to leave Bolzano, the city where I was born and grown-up. After completing my academic studies in Venice in 2012, I had in fact returned to my hometown, to my parents and to paint intensively in my private studio. However, I had a great desire to expand my boundaries, to get to know new places and see how art works in other countries. In 2014 I won a competition promoted by the Academy of Fine Art in Venice and financed by the European Union. It was a scholarship that would support me for 5 months in Vienna, to work as a scenic painter in the biggest set design workshops in Europe, called "Art for Art". I was happy to return to a city that I already knew well and that I liked so much, modern and full of opportunities. In Vienna, I had already spent a semester studying at the University of Applied Arts in 2010 and now fate was taking me back there!
It was really exciting to discover and learn new techniques, to work for the great theatres of Vienna, such as the prestigious State Opera, was a stimulus and for me a revelation as a profession. I would have liked to stay beyond those 5 months of internship, to prolong the experience. So I worked hard to stay longer and with great satisfaction, I was finally taken to work permanently at "Art for Art" as a scenic painter. The rhythms of work were intense and the needs of the set designers were often voluble and very demanding. Some productions were more decorative and pictorial, others more minimal and monotonous to make. Although I was busy full time working on set designs, in my free time I didn't give up my personal art projects.
However, after a couple of years I realized that it would not be enough for me to dedicate myself only on weekends to what had always been my passion, that of painting art, to give my personal interpretation of the beauty of nature and the rights of animals. I was slowly sacrificing my intimate aspirations and also my creativity. This awareness culminated in June 2017 in two ways.: I organized a performance in the center of the city, bringing to the stage the problem of the ivory traffic that threatens the survival of elephants (in "About" you can find the link to watch the video); then I left the set design workshops and set off on a long journey from Asia to Australia, accompanied by my partner. We had been thinking about this adventure for a long time. We would have met different peoples, lived in close contact with exotic nature and slept wherever we could. What had already taken shape on my canvases for years, I could finally see it with my own eyes. It was an enormous privilege, which I approached with a certain fear, but without any regrets.