I am a Venezuelan-born photographer and artist. I grew up in Valencia,
the third-largest city in Venezuela, where my Italian parents had
immigrated after World War II.
Upon graduation from high school in 1989, I had the opportunity
to come to the United States and experience life as an exchange student
in Tucson, Ariz. A year later, I received a full tennis scholarship and
moved to Atlanta to study marketing at Georgia State University
and graphic design at the Portfolio Center. I went on to earn bachelor’s
degrees in both fields.
It was during my time in Atlanta that I discovered my love for drawing,
painting and photography.Needing extra money to pay for Graphic Design School,
I began painting large acrylic paintings and sold them to friends and co-workers.
And armed with a manual Nikon D70, I focused my camera on things most people
don’t even notice. My favorite subject: shadows.
My love of travel enabled me to photograph the ethereal and passionate
movements of tango dancers in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the romance
and nostalgic moods on the streets of Venezuela and finally, the ancient and
magical sceneries of Italian cities like Amalfi, Cinque Terre, Venice, Cremona,
Naples and Treviso to name a few. Some photos were shot on the streets
of Chicago, which I now call home. They reveal my fondness for architecture
and urban landscapes and the delight I take in playing with composition,
balance and perspective.
Over the years, however, my pens and brushes got pushed aside by the
time demands of my graphic design career. Until, around 2010, when I reconnected
with them while searching for something to help me cope with life stresses.
The creative process and the media were, for me, a balm for the soul, much like
meditation. When I draw and paint, I am relaxed—and free. Free of rules and
deadlines, free of what others might think, free of problems and stress. I think
of nothing but capturing what I am seeing in front of me. When my work is completed,
I feel accomplished, proud, positive and more knowledgeable about the object
or person I have drawn or painted.
I love all media and, of late, I have found most joy and satisfaction working with
watercolors, Japanese ink and, of course, my camera. But whatever the medium,
my goal is to create art that makes the viewer feel something—sadness,
happiness, love, rage, longing. Something.