After college (Liceo Scientifico) I graduated “cum laude” from the renowned Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Brera (painting), Milan, under the tuition of G. Ortelli, I. Bressan and mentorship of V. Bucciarelli.
I attended art seminars, like the international Summer seminar at Fondazione Ratti-Como, organized by the artists F. Somaini and G. Collina with visiting professors Gerhard Richter and Emil Schumacher.
1991-95 Collective art exhibitions in Northern Italy, alone and as part of the duo EssePia.
1995-2001 Advertising photos for clients like Diesel, Levis, Radio Montecarlo, Poste Italiane, Sony Music and Banca Commerciale Italiana, with agencies like McCann Erickson, Bates,Pirella Gottsche Lowe, Ammirati Puris Lintas, FCB Foote Cone & Belding.
Editorial photographer for magazines like MarieClaire, Grazia, Focus, Anna, D Magazine, and Martha Steward Weddings.
For years I covered the Milan fashion week for a Japanese magazine.
Book cover photographer for publishing houses like Mondadori, Feltrinelli, Garzanti, Sperling & Kupfer, and Giunti.
In the same period I was the campaign photographer for wedding fashionhouse DomoAdami and covered wedding reportages for a discerning clientele.
In 1999 I moved to the village of Vrindavana, India, where I lived most of the time until 2005. I focused on the studies of Eastern philosophy under the guidance of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Goswami Maharaja, while photographing pilgrimages and Indian saints for devotional publications. During my years in India, I had a few select costumers, asking for portraits and wedding reportages.
My pictures have been with Photonica Archive since 1995, which is now part of Getty Images.
I also work with video, and in 2009 was filming most of the workshops and interviews for Your Climate TV, during the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen. I covered the World Service Project conference, in Amsterdam 2011, with video of all workshops and events.
I’m currently residing in Copenhagen, Denmark, but my soul-searching keeps me travelling, mostly in Asia.
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