URBAN FAIRY TALES
My series, Urban Fairy Tales, comes from the synthesis of dichotomous elements, such as urbanization and wild nature. 
In the metropolitan scenario, characterized by cement and degradation, the imprint of man is strongly evident. Nature revolts and wild animals suddenly appear as ghosts reclaiming contaminated urban spaces, giving life to a surreal fairytale.

“Anthropologic Stratifications”

“Anthropologic Stratifications” emerges from the observation of a multi-ethnic Naples, a city full of history, which has been at the center of centuries-long cultural exchanges among different peoples.

The artwork depicts a market – the place where different cultures and ethnicities meet – in which fleeting figures, superimposed to each other, attempt to permanently anchor themselves to the setting, in spite of the passing of time.    

A zebra coming from the cradle of civilization is lit by Chinese lanterns, the Bronze runners from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum trample on an old Roman roadway – they observe the spectator creating an almost mystical atmosphere through their presence.

The interaction among these elements dominates within  Naples, a city that is in continuous evolution, maintaining its powerful identity, its soul, in which cultures, peoples, history, and innovation stratify themselves one upon the other, becoming part of a unique reality which has enchanted millions of individuals over the centuries.



"Stratificazioni Antropologiche"

L'opera “Stratificazioni Antropologiche” nasce dall'osservazione di una Napoli multietnica, una città fatta di storia che è stata fondamentale nella crescita e nello scambio culturale dei popoli nei secoli. La scena è ambientata in un mercato, luogo di incontro di culture ed etnie diverse, dove figure evanescenti si accavallano come lo scorrere del tempo e si ancorano ai luoghi indissolubilmente. Una zebra proveniente dalla culla della civiltà è illuminata da lanterne cinesi, "I Corridori" in bronzo che calcano un vecchio pavimento romano osservano lo spettatore come presenze che donano alla scena un'aura quasi mistica. L’interazione tra questi elementi regna in una Napoli in continua evoluzione che mantiene forte la sua identità, la sua anima, in cui culture, popoli, storia e innovazione si stratificano l'uno sull'altra diventando parte di un’unica realtà che nei secoli ha stregato milioni di persone.
The Last Unicorn
Where will our consumerist fixation with producing garbage, lead us? Will the Unicorn heal humanity from the poison of a certain type of modernity?  In this work, I imagine that a Unicorn appears coming through a door from another dimension, re-establishing the right balance between humans and nature. I’ve called this composition “The last Unicorn” because I believe that my generation is the one that has the last opportunity to save the world from a point of non-return with respect to the environment and climate change, which are, inexorably, interconnected.

Another Point of View

Riot
A polar bear from the Arctic and penguins from Antarctica find themselves in a Western metropolis, out of their usual environment.  Have they strayed by accident or are they here to mark their unhappiness with what has become of their environment? 
The polar bear angrily wanders through graffiti-filled walls of an empty garage looking for something. Is it searching for a human to petition? Or, is it on a hunting spree stemming from its innate hypercarnivorous nature?
Urban Camouflage
Elephants and Rhinos are freely roaming the metropolis, forced away from their natural habit by the action of man. They resort to urban camouflage as a means of survival, trying to become one with the decorated surroundings. 
Graffiti are a return to the origins of humankind, a primordial way of communicating, which marked the walls of caves thousands of years ago.  The elephants and the rhinos who have taken refuge in the city resort to graffiti hoping to communicate with the noble savage within us, as a last attempt to reach salvation.

Posse

Bad Trip
A yellow school bus, the symbol of American normality and the sacredness of school children, escapes to the forest.  A deer stands proudly on the school bus.  The driver and the children are out of sight.
The deer, which displays the A of “anarchy”, symbolizing the repudiation of the power of human institutions, represents the constant regeneration of nature through its annual shedding and regrowth of its antlers. Standing on top of the sacred bus, it symbolizes the powers in nature that are not easily subdued.
Where did all of the children go? Did they seek refuge in nature?  The message on the school bus is disquieting: Humans it’s too late… Can we synthesize our pessimism of the intellect with our optimism of the will?

Bad Trip 2.0

"Swan Lake"
Is humanity at a Swan Song moment in responding to climate change and the damage done to the environment? Is it too late?  
A swan swimming in the street that has become a lake, contoured by trash, looks at the supernatural for help.

The Long Journey


Penguins wandering through the metropolis take a rest on chairs left in the garbage.  One of the two penguins sits on a piece of abandoned luggage. Is this aquatic flightless bird looking to humans for assistance in traveling back to its melting environment? Can humans or will humans change their behavior to restore ecological balance?
Humans, producing garbage and filth in ever growing amounts, are unable to keep it at home, and have invaded spaces that nature assigned to other species.  The world has become truly one in its  environmental degeneration.

12 Monkeys

Pink Dream

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