I am an illustrator, painter and author who lives and works in Sicily, in Catania, on the sea, at the foot of Etna.
As an author and / or illustrator I have conceived and designed many books for children, publishing with the most important Italian publishing houses. Some of my titles have also been published abroad, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Korea, the USA and China.
The illustrations of my books have been selected for numerous and important group exhibitions and on the occasion of festivals and specialized reviews, around Italy and abroad.
For many years I have been dealing with children’s books also in terms of training teachers and children with courses in image education and book construction.
I especially like to design and illustrate that special type of books that are illustrated books, to develop their cultural, artistic and communicative potential for adults and children.
Although the book remains the privileged container for my images, in recent years I have begun a work of graphic and pictorial research outside the pages, to go beyond the walls, with works on the themes of the sea and botany, exhibited on the occasion of some exhibitions personal.
In my work I am very interested in research through experimentation. I created images and illustrations for videos, objects and fabrics.
Nature reinterpreted, redesigned, interpreted in a selective and poetic synthetic sign is one of the favorite themes in my artistic research.
For a rigorous and coherent path marked by an inexhaustible curiosity and desire for discovery.
For having known, from the outset, to assert itself for the originality of a decisive and at the same time warm and intense sign.
For never having been satisfied with the results achieved by comparing with new techniques and, even more, by modulating its sign in relation to the texts to be interpreted.
The awards include the Andersen Prize as illustrator of the year in 2013, 2004, the Andersen Prize for Best Book illustrated with the Rhinoceros book, in 2009 and 1999 White Ravens Prize (selection of the 10 best Italian titles) of the International Library of Monaco. In 2010 Paper Sprouts Award with Goodnight Isabella.
Atlante vegetale – 2019
Palazzo Della Cultura
Via Vittorio Emanuele II 121, Catania
MARE – 2018
Personale. Wondertime, soloshow. LAD
Via Filippo Paladino, Catania
In FIORE – 2017
Museum & Fashion MF
Piazza Duca di Genova 27, Catania
IN ASSENZA IN AGGIUNTA – 2016
Mostra di Originali – Vivo D’Emilio
Largo Paisello 29, Catania