biography

Biography

I was born and raised in Italy. My father is the person who inspired me to pursue my passion for art and photography. Throughout his life, he has been collecting art and art books and he took me with him to see many exhibitions and museums around Italy.

He taught me to love art, because art, and especially painting, tells the story of humanity, and the evolution of society in the most intimate and genuine way. I inherited his passion for photography, painting, design, and visual arts in general and very early I began making art as a child.

At the age of five, I had developed some problems with my leg, which greatly limited my movement for several months, and forced me to spend most of my time at home. During that time, the best entertainment for me was painting and drawing. I used to draw for hours, on any surface. At night, my mom would catch me secretly walking around in my room. These events defined what I wanted to do with my life: make art and keep moving. These two passions led me to travel the world, always hungry for new cultural experiences that inspire my work.

I took a course in black and white film photography while I was studying for my bachelor’s degree in painting in Italy. Spending so many hours in the dark room made me appreciate the work behind a beautiful picture and the poetry in the deepest black and the purest white of black and white photography. From that time onward, I never stopped framing my picture of the world. My artworks became a combination of photography and painting. By painting and drawing on photographs, I could create a coexistence of reality and surrealism.

All my past experiences have shaped and developed my artistic being and my visual sensibility for colors, composition, and visual elements. Thanks to many trips abroad, I have collected amazing experiences. The changes of the surrounding environments and culture shaped my vision, and kept awake my curiosity for everyday life’s small details.

I came to San Francisco to continue improving my skill, to learn how to effectively build a career in photography. During my two years in the graduate program, I have consolidated my knowledge of lighting, composition, digital printing, and photo-retouching software. I have developed a personal style for visual and verbal presentation of my photographic projects. I found my true passion for architectural and interior design photography. Because of my natural tendency to look for visual order in the world, I love to share with others how I perceive architecture, as a usable art.

I’m now a full time architectural photographer and one of few women to win the APA’s Architectural Photographer of the year award.