About me

I live in Italy.

I graduated at Liceo Artistico Statale in Verona (Italy) and I have been student of illustrator and painter Giorgio Scarato.
By working since 1988 as freelance illustrator for advertising and publishing, I mastered traditional painting techniques (pastels, inks, gouaches, acrilics, ecoline, watercolors, oils, airgraph, mixed media) and later I started to use also computer graphic.
I have been teaching illustration and graphic techniques in several art schools.

In 2005 I won the Blender's Suzanne Awards for "Best Animation, original idea and story" with the animation "New Penguoen 2.38".
In 2006 I joined for the two last weeks of production the Orange Team in Amsterdam, to help in finalizing the shots of the first opensource cg animated short movie "Elephants Dream".
In 2007 I've been selected as Lead Artist to be in the team for the project "Peach", spending six months at the "Blender Institute" in Amsterdam to realize the second opensource cg animated short movie "Big Buck Bunny".

At the end of 2009 I've been contacted by CINECA (Bologna) to be the Art Director for the production of the stereoscopic short movie "Apa alla scoperta di Bologna" for the Museo della Città di Bologna project.

In 2012 I've been asked to write a "Blender 2.6 Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook" for "PACKT Publishing".
In 2015 I wrote an update: "Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook - Third Edition".
In 2015, for the same publisher, I wrote also the "Blender 3D Cookbook", a manual about the complete workflow to create from scratch a character in Blender.

I collaborated with "Studio Bozzetto" at the production of the "Tip the Mouse" italian television series, modeling almost the half of the characters of the show and painting several assets textures.

As freelance illustrator, I usually collaborate with italian publishers like Giunti and Mondadori Ragazzi, as cover artist mainly for fantasy and sci-fi books.

Currently I'm teaching Theory and technique of color, Anatomy and Perspective at the new Scuola del Fumetto di Milano section in Verona.

EXPOSITIONS:
  • "Libri dall’iperspazio" - Biblioteca Nazionale Borgo San Lorenzo (Firenze - Italy), 1993
  • "Incontro Nazionale Illustratori e Scrittori del Fantastico" - Chiavari (Genova - Italy), 1994
  • "Fancon’94" - Courmayeur (Aosta - Italy)
  • "Cavalieri della Fantasia" - Lavagna (Genova - Italy), 1995/1996
  • "8 artisti" - Cologna Veneta (Verona - Italy), 2002
  • "Le Immagini della Fantasia" - Sarmede (Treviso - Italy), 2006
  • "Le Immagini della Fantasia" - Galleria di Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti (Verona - Italy), 2007
  • "ROMEO, le avventure di un gatto di Verona" - Galleria della Biblioteca Civica Ragazzi (Verona - Italy), 2012

PRESENTATIONS and WORKSHOPS:
  • "Introduzione a Blender", Facoltà di architettura - Politecnico di Torino (Italy), 2005
  • "Linux Beach" in S. Benedetto del Tronto (Italy), 2006
  • "Blender Conference – Penguins vs Dinosaurs!" in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 2007
  • "Sparkling Peach" in Rome (Italy), 2008
  • "Athens Digital Week" in Athens (Greece), 2008
  • "Blender Conference - The making of Big Buck Bunny" in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 2008
  • "Future Film Festival" in Bologna (Italy), 2009
  • "Cortoons – Blender e Open Peach Project" in Rome (Italy), 2009
  • "View Conference 2009 – Blender Base: e adesso che l’ho aperto che faccio?", Torino (Italy), 2009
  • "Scuola di Archeologia Virtuale", CNR–ITABC e Università di Padova, Monselice (Italy), 2010
  • "Scuola Specialistica di Grafica Interattiva", CINECA, Casalecchio di Reno, Bologna (Italy), 2010
  • "Linux Day - Disegnare con the Gimp", in Aosta (Italy), 2011
  • "View Conference 2011 - Producing a short film with computer graphics: a multidisciplinary
    all-Italian experience", Turin (Italy), 2011
  • "Arte e Scienza in piazza - Open data for open minds", in Bologna (Italy), 2013
  • "Giovani e Crossmedialità - We Art Technology - Introduzione al mondo del 3D con Blender", in Vigevano (Italy), 2013
  • "Incontro presso la Scuola Internazionale di Comics - Accademia delle Arti Figurative e Digitali", in Brescia (Italy), 2014