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1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I love stories, when my grandma used to tell me tales I was able to keep my eyes open, and images came floating in front of me. I was in another space, completely absorbed by her voice. By the way, I’m from Fabriano, Italy. If you don’t know it don’t worry, but the interesting thing is that you might use Fabriano Paper, which is a famous high-quality paper used by artists worldwide.


2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

Tough question! I think that my aesthetic is a process, like a metamorphosis. The more I focus on my illustration, the most I’m able to think visually. It’s like going to the gym, instead of muscles I’m training my creativity in order to create the images I want to. I like to give hidden meanings to my illustrations. I draw mostly women because that’s what I am. But of course, being able to draw gives you the possibility to satisfy all clients need. So if you want me to draw an elephant doing breakfast on a helicopter, well I can do it!

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I love drawing with my Wacom tablet, so digitally. That way I can manipulate the illustration like I want, and most important I can add some animation. My ideas come quite impulsively, so I need a fast tool to work with.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I have two main ways of working: the first one is led by my instinct, where images simply come to my mind, like a flash. The second type of process is more planned, let’s say professional. So, for example, I got an article and I need to illustrate it. I usually start thinking about all the visual interpretation of the subject and then try to translate it in my language, which is not made by letters but by strokes and colours.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I get inspiration surfing randomly on Instagram, Pinterest, Ballpitmag and other websites. But the most powerful source of inspiration are exhibitions and museums.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art has always been there. Of course, I’ve been drawing all my life. It came naturally to just go for it. I guess my parents have something to do with it, I’ve been raised to appreciate the beauty around me.


7. Where did you study?

I studied in Rome and in Urbino, one is the biggest city in Italy, the second is the smallest. I’ve done also courses in London and Berlin. Artistic residencies in Estonia and Japan have also had a deep impact on my artistic experience.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

No idea. But if I dream about it, I’d travel the world working as an illustrator!

9. What about in ten?

World tour on a sailing boat always working as an illustrator!

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

Give this world a bit of beauty.


11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Pizza and truffle tagliatelle

12. Favourite book?

If I have to name one: One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez.

13. Favourite genre of music?

Jazz, Blues, Rock, Indie, Electronic

14. What are your hobbies?

Play music, sing, sew, analog photography

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

A monkey.