Born in Livorno in 1943, he has been living and working in Malindi in Kenya for many years. As a young man he frequented the studio of an old Livornese painter, a friend of Modigliani’s.

Subsequently he followed courses at the Artistic High School of Florence, the Fine Arts Academy in Rome and the Fine Arts School in Paris. He won the Prize Viareggio, the Prize Fattori and the Prize Piombino. In Paris he took part in the student movement of the 1968 under the banner of Creativity in Power”.

He married the daughter of a colonel. in the American army and lived in Arlington where he experienced the drama of the Vietnam War veterans. He divorced and, after a short period in Rome, left for Africa where he discovered the tribal art of that great country; he abandoned painting and dedicated himself mainly to architecture and sculpture. He has designed and built several public and private buildings and created the Nairobi Safari Park. He left Africa for his second wife and lived one year in Santa Monica, California. He divorced after a year and went to India. where he discovered and was fascinated by a new and more intense spirituality.

In Kenya he created an important Foundation called ‘Do Not Forget Africa’, and recived the prize Unesco in 2000. The perception of foundation is to improve the quality of life using creation in every field including artistic and scientific, giving priority to the countries that are in greater economical difficulty. So raised a movement of an immediate operation, giving duty to switch a contact starting whit economic plans between all the contributors.

In the White Elephant Art Lodge in Malindi he has created an Art Gallery that houses his  monumental sculptures and also some art works by local and international artists.

A Creative Center is located in green wood, in one of the most beautiful spots on the Kenya coast, where events and workshops are dedicated mainly to school children.

 

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