I confess finding my way was more complicated than originally thought. It was 1994 when I quit the faculty of Aeronautic Engineering and my head was filled up with fears and doubts. These feelings led me to draw and paint, passions, which turned into a restorative vocation. I realized in that way that I had a peculiar gift for reproducing different techniques and styles by paintbrush. My years of restoration study in Rome were rewarded in 1999 when professor Rodolfo Lujan Lunsford invited me to Nepal to begin my first project. My maturation as a restorer can solely be accredited to this man.
In the nature of true Himalayan journey this opportunity was unexpected and unknown, so mysterious, in fact, that I had to search for the Himalayas upon a map for at that time there was no Google Earth! As assistant to the direction I started my career under a prestigious restoration project sponsored by The American Himalayan Foundation and executed by the John Sanday Associates. I became director and expanded the projects from Italy and Nepal to other countries including Bhutan and China.
My job has taken me all over Asia to restore wonderful paintings, statues and artifacts as well as to teach my craft to the villagers. We have specially trained over seventy local individuals as restorers. Of this achievement I am most proud. Working on masterpieces of oriental art has become a means to the virtue of helping others, who otherwise would have spent their lives in the fields.
The Himalaya means more to me than just restoration. In the silence of the mountains I have discovered true voice and creative expression. Behind a lens, or through a paintbrush, my experiences have become manifested. Every one of us has a wish in life. Mine is to show you the wonders of the Himalay world through my eyes...
Conservation of The Mustang Monasteries and the Importance of Cooperating With the Local Community @ Manggha Museum, Krakow, Poland
Immagini e racconti Himalayani @ Palazzo Ducale, Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy
Il restauro come strumento di sviluppo, dal Mustang alla Cina @ Gabinetto Viesseux, Florence, Italy
The Art of Mustang and Its Conservation @ Rubin Museum of Art, New York, USA
L'Arte del Mustang e la Sua Conservazione @ University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
Restoration of Buddhist Holy Places @ Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Training in Conservation @ The American Himalayan Foundation, San Francisco, USA
Restoration of Temple Murals @ Cultural Study Group of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pitture Murali del Mustang - Conservazione e Restauro @ Bologna University, Bologna, Italy
Wall Painting of Mustang: Their Preservation and Care @ The American Himalayan Foundation, San Francisco, USA
Wall Painting of Mustang: Their Preservation and Care @ Asian Art Museum, Denver, USA
Caves Temples and Palaces: Wall Paintings of Mustang @ Asian Art Museum, Denver, USA
Western Techniques of Restoration Developed in a Tibetan Environment @ University of Technology, Berlin, Germany
Caves of Upper Mustang Revealed @ Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu, Nepal
An Introduction to Conservation in Asia @ Watershed School, Boulder, USA
Himalaya - National Geographic Book Launch @ Boulder Bookstore, Boulder, USA
Himalaya - National Geographic Book Launch @ Book Passage, Corte Madera, USA
Himalaya - National Geographic Book Launch @ American Mountaineering Center, Golden Colorado, USA
Himalaya - National Geographic Book Launch @ National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, USA
Himalaya - National Geographic Book Launch @ Nextstage Theater, Ketchum, USA
The Heritage of Lo: Nepal Conservation of XV Century Paintings @ EFEO, Paris, France
Experiences About Conservation @ Nepal Trust, Kathmandu, Nepal
La Conservazione dei Dipinti Murali di Thupchen @ Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Rome, Italy
2009-2007 - University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
Researcher in "Studies about Mustang"
Asian Studies Department
1999-1998 - Ars Labor, Rome, Italy
Conservation and Restoration of Wall Paintings
Specialization course - Scholarship
1998-1996 - Ars Labor, Rome, Italy
Conservation and Restoration of Paintings on Wood and Canvas
1996-1995 - Atelier Lignarius, Rome, Italy
Conservation and Restoration of Easel Paintings
Certificate of Attendance
1993-1991 - University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
Attendance of Aeronautical Engineering