In 1963 I became
a U.S. citizen , that same year I started a manufacturing business
with artist sculptor Silvano Assensi and artist photographer John
Bernardini. we manufactured plaster lamps , concrete fountains, and
eventually rigid polyurethane wall plaques and at that time I sculptured
many original clay models and made over 400 latex rubber molds.
Eventually the business slowed down so in December of 1970 we closed it
I moved to Wisconsin near Kenosha. The day we moved it was snowing and
the movers had to shake the snow off the furniture before entering the
In the dead of
winter 1971 I decided to turn everything negative into something
positive so right then and there I began experimenting with
Transparancie which consisted of overlapping trapezoids and other
shapes air brushed on the bare cotton duck canvas.
that same year I visited the gallery of Lido Lippi on Michigan Avenue
one block south of the Art Institute of Chicago, Lido is an artist that
does restorations of paintings and murals, and may I say one of the best
in the country.
In July and
August of 1971 I started working on Dimensional Illusions Paintings
using an air brush and fluorescent acrylic paints I would proceed on the
linen with the utmost precision that made me feel more like a machine
than a human being.
In 1973 I
challenged Myself to let my feelings be completely free , with no
preconceived idea of what adventure lay ahead, and at the same time come
up with a truly new impressionistic style I could be proud of. I only
set one rule and that was not to have any rules. I would go for long
walks in the fields and along the lake looking for stones that could
have belonged to people that lived here a long time ago and some of the
stones looked like some type of hand axes. One evening I entered my
studio and began painting the stone that seemed to be held by an arm
formed by natural forces focusing their strength on the stone and the
profile on the canvas made its entrance into our time.
I always kept a
canvas ready to paint so that when the time came I could proceed
without interruptions. I have to say that the painting Stone Age changed
my life, I felt such power coming from it that I could only look at it
a few minutes each day.
A couple of
months later I went for a walk into the forest to look at some very
large old trees so that I could get back and paint some type of
landscape. I began to push the paint into the painting for a few minutes
and stopped ,suddenly a cold chill came over me, it looked like it was
alive and in a gesture of streght it was trying to break the natural
chains of vegetation and weeds that formed part of its hair and fingers
that kept it tied to the sea.
I called it
Evolution because in that one image I saw man's evolution out of the
1974 was a
calmer year , except for the painting 20th Century , I concentrated
mostly on developing a simplified impressionistic technique where I
could create an image with the fewest brush strokes and still get
maximun effect. this is evident in the painting Mountain
where the facial
expression is created with only four brush strokes. This can also be
seen in the painting Dream where the illusion of the arm is created by
the dark brush strokes on each side of it.
In the painting
Nature I achieved the effect of the figure of Mother Nature being
together as one piece with the earth and background, also large curved
brush strokes create the effect of movement.
In each of the
four seasons Spring , Summer , Fall , Winter , you feel the
actual season immediately . in Summer her breasts are also flowers and
you can feel the cold in Winter.
20th Century was a totally new concept using both known and unknown
symbols I was able to show you the world you live in today.
In the entire
month of May 1975 I had a one man show at the Kenosha Public Museum,
most of the paintings mentioned this far were up on the walls of the
In the fall of
1975 I completed the Flowering Pear Tree painting and the mural
Night Ride which is now in the collection of the Salem Consolidated
Grade School in Kenosha County Wisconsin. The Paul Revere's Night
Ride was easy to do because I just had completed the Paul Revere
In 1976 I
painted the Agony and the Ecstasy which also looks like an agony.
I spent the
second half of 1976 floating around , reflecting and contemplating
in a conclusion
that even with all the experimenting I had done causing the evolution of
my paintings, I felt I needed something that would bring together all I
had learned up to that point and the idea of a self-portrait came to
Once I decided i
immediately started thinking about how I saw myself and how I wanted
others to see me , how could my character be captured in an aura of
color movement neutralizing all warm and cold colors into a lively and
proud expression of myself.
After about six
months of kicking it around in my mind I began painting it , and on a
1977 day I completed it in just a few hours while looking at some
snapshots of myself that had been taken a few months before on a windy
The next day I
went to the painting and added a few strands of gray hair to my beard
and side burns, and as I was signing my name I suddenly got a feeling
of complete satisfaction in witnessing that all of my thoughts had come
alive on the linen.
In 1978 I
painted the Spirit of St. Louis , and during the research for it I
learned a lot about Charles Lindberg's flight across the Atlantic.
in 1979 I
painted the recently rebuilt in a park setting Hyram Buttrick
Sawmill of Antioch Illinois.
1980 was an
unusual year . In the early part I was preoccupied with working out a
way to show our Dimension and other Dimensions in a manner that could
explain visually the mystery of such an idea and thats when I painted
Perception of Dimension , which shows three separate Dimensions :
on the right there is our Dimension , on the left is the other ,
and in the middle is a neutral Dimension where beings from all over
the universe in any Dimension can meet and communicate without seeing
each other's worlds. The neutral Dimension is a corridor that leads to
I spent most of
the 80's playing with Passive Solar Energy .