Painting Light is still one of my most important reasons why I paint; objects are just an excuse to arrange the melody of light.
People often say to me "Oh, you are so talented!", and I think to myself no - "I am just so lucky and damn stubborn!"
I was not one of those children who are born with a brush in their hands. Art didn't really interested me till I was 15 years old. My family decided to immigrate to the U.S. and I had a year of high school left to finish. But my dad offered for me instead to take private painting classes. How could I say NO and so my art journey began. A year later, we moved to Los Angeles and I found myself attending a high school with no English. Art became my favorite class since I didn't need to speak.
I knew that I wanted to be a traditional painter, but 30 years ago traditional training was hard to find and so my path lead me through many school and places - Loyola Marymount University, Art Center College of Design, Florence Academy, Italy and Student League in New York. All of these schools and still I felt in a fog of confusion till I got lucky and met David Leffel, a master painter who become my guide for the next seven years. David often said "Painting is logical and therefore it's learnable." I really wanted to learn it and with great stubbornness I painted a few hundreds bad paintings before something started to shift.
Every artist has its own journey, mine was was and long and every day I feel lucky to be painting, to be learning, to be discovering .
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Loyola Marymount University, Bachelor in Fine Art and Bachelor in Art History, Los Angeles
Art Center of Design, Bachelor in Illustration, Los Angeles
Florence Academy of Art, Italy
Student League of NY, NY
Study with David Leffel (American Distinguished artist)
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