Drawings



22 September 2021

It’s a sunny day today in Helmond, and the last memory of summer is still vivid in the warm afternoon. Very soon the exuberance of energy of the past months will take on a rigorous and more orderly form, to prepare for winter sleep.

Activities resume, ideas and projects are rearranged: the textures of our lives intertwine each other like hair in a braid…
Welcome autumn! 

Title: AUTUMN
29,7 X 21 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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05 June 2021

I wonder what makes me feel close to a flower or a leaf, which in nature and shape seem to be so diverse from me.


“The Mango tree and the Nightingale bird, how are they related?” says a beautiful vachana in Kannada language. An ancient myth binds them and so does the yearly Spring season, as in Spring the mango tree flourishes in pink and gold, and the nightingale comes back from the southern continents to sing its golden melody.


I bow to the answer that I don’t know, but I know something relates me to the leaf, to the flower, and to you.

Title: WHOLE
35,56 X 25,40 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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25 July 2021

I love the old photos, the ones you can hold in your hands and keep in photo albums. Time exists for these fragile souvenirs and leaves heavy signs on them. Still, they can bring you there, where the picture has been taken by a simple glance.

The blurred image shows the essence, like a drawing in black and white and the memory is rebuilt by connecting the dots of the missing details. From the past, my own eyes emerge, looking at myself. As an old Italian song says: “… with so many ships leaving, none will take you away from yourself.”

Title: SOUVENIR
25,40 x 35,56 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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19 july 2021

Time goes by.

I dived into my youth spirit while drawing this and vivid memories came back: afternoons of runs in the fields, looking for adventures. I could sense the touch of the tall grass and the smell of the summer wildflowers.

Every age has its own glory and beauty, but the age that allowed me to run breathlessly without thinking about anything, only with the desire to never stop… I kind of miss it sometimes.

Title: BREATHLESSLY
21 X 29,7 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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29 August 2021

Memory of Egypt.

Title: MEMORY OF EGYPT
31 X 23 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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31 May 2021

I like to take pictures of the subjects to draw. This drawing is inspired by a picture I took two months ago: this tree wrapped by a coat of ivy is at the beginning of the woods, five minutes walking distance from my house door. I see it almost every day and looking at it now, drawn on the paper in my hands, is like finally inviting an old friend at home, for a chat.

Title: OLD FRIEND
29,7 X 21 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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16 May 2021

I loved watching how my grandmother styled her hair in a bun: a few quick moves and her long hair was perfectly tidy on her head, like a crown. Looking at her fingers moving quickly through her locks of hair was mesmerizing. 

I like all those little gestures that we make every day, without the need of looking at what we are doing, even without thinking: hundreds, thousands of repetitions every day, along the years, to make a little action an epitome of little perfection. 
Everyone is a superfine artisan in everyday life!

This drawing has been selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the Bold Brush International Art competition of July 2021

Title: GESTURES
29,7 X 21 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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23 May 2021

How beautiful it is to lay down on the grass and look at the sky: the fresh touch of the soft grass on our skin, and the full recharge of light through our eyes. I made this drawing to show one of the most beautiful and easy things I love to do, contemplating Life, simply as it is.

Title: TERRA
29,7 X 42 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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08 March 2021.

In the International woman’s day this drawing is to celebrate all the wonderful women living in this world! To all the courageous, fierce, timid women who are exploring, fighting, living, giving a beautiful sense to the half of the sky, I celebrate you today and every tomorrow as well!

A special thought to all the little girls, who dare to dream big, despite difficulties. And to the grown-up girls: we have a great responsibility to keep inspiring and helping them bloom.

This drawing has been selected for the exhibition “Human Nature” 2021 held by Colors of HumanityApril 2021

Title: PORTRAIT OF JOY
23 X 31 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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Title: SUNRISE #1

Title: SUNRISE #2


21 x 29,7 cm each
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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9 May 2021

This drawing is dedicated to the silent companion of all my art nights, the most discreet presence, and the most intriguing one as well: the moon. It is celebrating the new moon event in the sky, happening here on 11th May.

Every new moon is dressed in black, absorbing in herself all possibilities: it is the time of new projects and ideas. We can pick the ones we want to pursue and make them real. Every day a new sun cycle, every month a moon one: we are part of this perfect geometry, and our life can dance and blossom in it.

This drawing has been selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the Bold Brush International Art competition of May 2021

Title: NEW MOON
40 X 30 cm
Charcoal and graphite on hot-pressed cotton paper

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16 April 2021

The only way to find out if our direction is the right one is to go there and see with our own eyes.

I love where the journey where this drawing has brought me!

This drawing has been selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the Bold Brush International Art competition of July 2021

Title: THE YOUNG QUEEN
40 X 30 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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21 March 2021

And finally, Spring officially arrived in this hemisphere, announced by the celestial event of the March equinox happening yesterday!

Actually more than Spring, it is still just a promise of Spring. Vivaldi’s concerto no. 1 Spring starts with ‘Allegro’ but it seems to me this vibrancy has yet to come.

Today it feels more like a transition phase between the darkness leaving us and a promise of warmer days waiting for us in the future. And we are in the middle, with our face turned towards the future and reassured by this Spring promise, soft and beautiful as an Iris and its rainbows.   

Title: IRIS
23 x 32 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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Title: IRIS
23 x 32 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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19 March 2021

I am so lucky to live in a city surrounded by beautiful woods and lovely countryside. It has been raining these days but I could not wait any longer to enjoy some walks outside.

We are a piece of earth, there is so much Life to perceive outside. Feeling that I am an infinitesimal living part of the puzzle called cosmos, makes me happy within.

Title: EARTH AND WIND
31 X 23 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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Title: EARTH AND WIND
31 X 23 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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12 March 2021.

I like the paradox that a great art emotion can be enclosed in a miniature, in a small artwork: it does not impose itself among others, it invites you gently like a timid friend ad it discloses to you all its treasures, hidden in small details. 

Nabokov used to say: “caresse the detail, the divine detail”. It is an overwhelming experience to get lost in a small world, containing another universe and in its dimension, infinite worlds too. I hope you will find them in this artwork, that I called ‘Dawn’ ️

This artwork has won the Bronze award at the “Artist’s choice” International art Competition held by Camelback gallery May 2021

Title: DAWN
23 X 31 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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11 March 2021

Man is born and dies alone but cannot live alone and life is a ballet of concessions to that primeval loneliness of the unborn child. We grant them every day, to feel part of a community and be able to survive.

Still, the untamed spirit that matches our own nature cannot be suffocated in the social uniform of conformism, and inevitably peeps out, as a reminder of the state of wilderness that is part of us and need to be seen and listened. 

Title: NOBLE SAVAGE
23 X 31 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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05 March 2021.

I love to draw children because, while I am doing that, I sense they are pure in all their expressions. Life has not given them occasions yet to wear masks or fake smiles forced by the circumstances.

They can enjoy a game like no adult can do, laughing and living the present moment in full joy. And they can express the depth of the wounds they feel, of their first regret, their lost paradise of innocence, frozen in a silent gaze.

This drawing has been selected for the exhibition “Human Nature” 2021 held by Colors of HumanityApril 2021

Title: LOST PARADISE
23 X 31 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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28 February 2021.

Life exuberance cannot be restrained. It’s in the roaring of a waterfall and in the stealthy glance of a shy creature.

Like a ghost, Life appears suddenly: it shines in the darkness, in the shadows of the woods, like fairies.

This artwork has been awarded the Bronze Award at the “Amazing Animals” International art Competition held by Camelback gallery April 2021 link

Title: THE GHOST
20 x 20 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

This artwork has won the Bronze Award at the “Amazing Animals” International art Competition held by Camelback gallery April 2021 link

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27 February 2021.

My dad was a great storyteller: we lived in a small village and there were wonderful anecdotes and stories about each of the inhabitants. When we were spending time together, he told me about these episodes of real life, using the local nicknames, adding a twist of cheerfulness.

I was eager to listen: at the end of the story, I was making so many questions, just to prolong it a little bit more.

I am still that little girl, eager to know. I can be captured in a second with stories about people, stories of how life goes by in faraway places, stories that let my imagination create a parallel world, where adventures multiply like daisies in the meadows.

Title: THE STORYTELLER
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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24 February 2021.

I draw everything that connects to Life, in all aspects.

I am very lucky to live in a place surrounded by wonderful woods at walking distance and in nature Life exuberance is so obvious. It does not matter which season, it might be a dormant nature like in winter or vibrant spring, everything organic reminds us that Life is here, simply happening.

Perceiving it deeply in my heart is pure joy.

Title: SOLITARY TREE
20 X 20 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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This drawing has been awarded Top 15% in the Bold Brush International art competition of March 2021

11 February 2021.

Drawing portraits is just wonderful!

Each one of us is a unique combination of body and ‘something else’ in this universe and drawing portraits reminds me of this so vividly.

Faces that carry the memories of our ancestors, recombined with the lines we created in our lives. It is a story of millennia written on our skin, around our eyes, on the shadows that bones create on the surface of the body.

I just love drawing portraits, I love the glimpse of Life I can capture with my pencils and all Life that can not be trapped by them.

Title: PORTRAIT OF BLUE
24 x 32 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

This piece was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the March 2021 BoldBrush Painting competition.

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This drawing has been selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the Bold Brush International Art competition of February 2021

03 February 2021.

In the feedbacks I receive about my art, I often read that what I do tells about the way I look at the world. This makes me very happy and I think this is true even though I cannot be sure I always do it consciously. 

The very best moments in art for me are when I devote myself to observation, before and while I am working, in the original meaning of this word: to cherish, retain and guard what I look at. And in this devotion, I suspend my presence, I join Life in front of me and it is just wonderful.

After all, the real joy of art for me is the unexpected and continuous discovery of Life within and around me.

Title: THE WAY I LOOK AT THE WORLD
23 x 31 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton
This piece was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the February 2021 BoldBrush Painting competition.

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04 April 2021

Easter: in many traditions and beliefs the symbol of renewal, the human connection to the cosmic event happened a few days ago. This is my way of celebrating light.


There’s always light waiting for us, in the end, just keep on looking for it.

Title: LOOK FOR LIGHT
31 x 23 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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Title: LOOK FOR LIGHT
31 x 23 cm
Charcoal and graphite on paper 100% cotton

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18 January 2021.


11 years ago I move abroad from Italy, and since then I have been living in different countries and continents. I am currently based in the Netherlands, and when somebody asks me: are you more Italian or Dutch? I really don’t know what to answer.


In Othello by Shakespeare, Iago tells Roderigo: “I am not what I am”, and despite I don’t feel sympathy for the character, I agree with the statement 100%. We like to say “I am this” or “I am that”, but is it really so? Or is it more just the habit we have to think about ourselves.

So many times we have proven ourselves to be able of qualities and characteristics we could not even imagine. Labeling is comforting but it becomes a cage: we actually are much more than our ‘identity’, we are also what we cannot define and see, like the backside of our body.

We are what we are not.

Title: I AM WHAT I AM NOT

Dimension: 30 X 40 cm

Charcoal and pencil on 100% cotton paper

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15 January 2021.

I regularly leave seeds in my garden and I love to see little birds approaching them. The seeds are hanging from tree branches or just laying around. The birds fly to a close branch and stay there for a while. You can see they are very alert and they don’t dare to come closer to their attraction. A little hesitation… and they jump to the food, pick one seed and immediately fly away.

 
In Greek mythology there was the representation of what we could call necessity and inevitability, it was: Ananke. It was considered the most powerful force constraining the cosmos into inevitable laws, which could be related to laws of nature. Because of this power, Ananke was the ruler of destiny and fate.

Many of the actions, that we take, fall into the category of inevitable, following our primordial nature, which cannot be suppressed or controlled. Because of the laws of “our nature”, we do many of the things we do, without even realizing it, facing fear, risks, discomfort, touching a source of secret knowledge.


I like to see the little birds at the exact moment when they have to decide whether to catch the seed and face the fear of humans or just fly away. A single instant suspended in Time where a battle is fought inside them, which the force of Ananke will inevitably resolve. 


Simply looking at nature, feeling the secret connection to the “life game”, unfolding.

Title: ANANKE
20 X 20 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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12 January 2021.

There are so many ways to avoid facing pending matters. Flying away from worries is a very attractive response, it’s a protection from sudden anxiety, but it is not a great solution to deal with it in the long term. We can have a specialist side in creating diversions and distractions, to keep our view occupied and close our eyes, but there’s also the other specialist side in knocking at the awareness door, and it never goes to sleep

THE PROTECTOR
30 X 40 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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January 2021.

At the beginning of every year, I think that nothing has actually changed, it’s just a day after another. But actually, I resonate more on symbols than on logical facts, and life cycles, symbolized by days, seasons, and years speak to my antennas.


In the exuberance of youth, all I needed was a new adventure to feed my energy. And now my eyes look at the new year with a suspended heart: what lesson will I have to learn this year together with the adventures?

In the end, there’s a new beginning: oh, I have a lot of expectations on this new beginning, carefully.

Title: EXPECTATION
32 x 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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Christmas time approaching, unfortunately not everybody will be able to meet their beloved ones.

I am one of them: in some cases, the physical distance is too much, in another case, it’s not a matter of physical distance anymore, it is a different dimension that I cannot visit…

Somehow, their absence is also their presence, and I can perceive it. Like shadows is the absence of light, they are in the shadows. They are in my pockets, and I always carry them with me

Title: PRESENCE
32 x 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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I have always had my head in the clouds, since ever. That feeling of being somewhere with my feet, and somewhere else with my head. Sometimes it is a way to escape reality which is too hard to face, sometimes it is a different connection with reality itself, just a different angle of view.

I have always had my head in the clouds, since ever. That feeling of being somewhere with my feet, and somewhere else with my head. Sometimes it is a way to escape reality which is too hard to face, sometimes it is a different connection with reality itself, just a different angle of view.

Title: THE CLOUDS
31 x 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on watercolour paper

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Children looking like little angels (like little Evi in my drawing) children shining more than the most precious stones, with so much spirit in their diamond eyes. I see them running around, catching a ball, or looking at the sky, just being free.

I am grateful to them, they remind me what it means to sense life as it is, simply.
Aging, accumulating experience, memory, wisdom, still remaining in the simple need for wonder.

Title: EVI
31 X 24 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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The movements of our soul are visible on our faces: they are called emotions.
We have some of them that accompany us as a mark, they are only ours, they are unique.

Some emotions are strong and overwhelming, like the heat of summer afternoons. Others betray the flicker of our eyes, they are light and sudden, like the rains in spring. Others present the silence and lack of light that we feel inside, as in cold winter.
Some emotions are difficult to register: they are hidden in the shadows, they are suspended like the time of waiting, like the leaves of trees in autumn.

Title: AUTUMN
23 X 31cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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You have surely played hide and seek when you were a child, together with your friends, I did it too. Once I found an amazing place to hide, so fantastically hidden that, after some time, everybody was already found except me. From my place of privilege, I could clearly hear their voices and their excitement going on, they were all looking for me. A while later, a few started talking about something else and playing in a small group. My place was too difficult to find, somebody started calling me and they all stopped looking for me actively: I had to decide then if I wanted to spend the time in my hidden kingdom or get out and go on with playing with the others. And so I stepped out from the golden cocoon and caught up with the others.

There is nothing worse than hearing that the game is going on and you feel nobody cares enough to look for you, and find you. For some people, it is natural to expose to the world, it is their favorite moment and it gives them energy. Someone else find this seriously challenging, and every time a conscious decision has to be taken to step out from the corner and go on ‘playing’ with the others.

Because anyway, the game goes on with or without us, and for the hidden ones “it is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found”. Winnicott

Title: HIDING
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Autumn

Can you feel the countless seconds that takes a rosebud to bend and bow to earth when the time comes? Can you hear the silent dance of the leaf, that leaves the branch for the last voyage in the air?
My world is in black and white because I cannot compete with the colors of autumn. With the call of a robin, I will sing my song to the season of mellow sunrays and farewells

Charcoal on paper 14.8 x 21 cm

Title: SLEEPING
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: THE SHADOW OF LIGHT
29,7 x 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper
This drawing was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury’s favorite 15% of the entries) in the January 2021 BoldBrush Painting competition.

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Title: NEW HORIZON
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: GENTLE
29,7 X 21 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: SUSPENDED TIME
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: THOUGHTS RULE
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: TOUCH
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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Title: JOY
42 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper

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ENVY
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper
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CURIOSITY
21 x 29,7 cm
Charcoal and pencil on paper
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