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Born in Lecce (Italy) in 1956, he completed his artistic training while still in high school, in the painter and graphic designer Giancarlo Moscara’s studio. He obtained his diploma from Arts High School.He graduated with honours in Architecture from the University of Florence in 1982. The work carried out for his graduation thesis was published and exhibited in several architecture events in many Italian cities.

He conducted research activity in the Department of Urban Planning at Florence University with Professor Paolo Sica from 1982 to 1987. He founded the AIR Interdisciplinary Atelier for Research together with Professor Riccardo Foresi and other young colleagues. With this group, he took part to several international contests and carried out his professional activity.

Since 1997 he has been working at the University of Salento on the design of the University’s new buildings, such as libraries and museums. Since 2009 he has been a member of  the Provincial Council of the Architect Union.

His activity as a painter has been going on since his debut, with formal researches focused on urban landscapes and fragments of imaginary cities, and the use of both traditional and innovative techniques.

He has exhibited his works in personal and collective exhibitions since 1981. In 2005, he joined the “13 x 17” project, an initiative for touring exhibitions supported, among others, by Philippe Daverio and Jean Blanchaert. In March 2007 he was one of the three Italian artists selected for the exhibition of  Italian art organized by the Italian Embassy in Kuwait on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

After the success of his personal exhibition held in Barcelona in June 2009, and thanks to the proposal presented by  the FUCINA Association, his large formats were chosen to take part in the 5th Edition of  the International Contemporary Art Festival in Beijing. In July 2011 he exhibited a personal exhibition at Beijing’s Today Art Museum, Italy Point.

His works can be found in public, private and corporate collections.

He lives and works in Lecce.

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