Art, creativity and imagination have always played an important part in my life, although I have only started to fully concentrate on painting a few years ago.
This passion has always been part of me. I have finally given up my work as a general manager in industry – to dedicate all my time to painting. At last I do what I have always wanted to do. It is simply that a dream has finally come true.
Even during my years at secondary school my paintings were awarded prizes and I should have enrolled in art classes after I passed my A-levels. In fact, a renowned company manufacturing ceramics offered me a scholarship, which I was unable to accept at the time.
I have always kept up with painting as landscapes and images, abstract and impressionist. Since some years now I am able to paint full-time and fill canvas after canvas with my ideas.
My new studio is right in the centre of the village of Arcegno, surrounded by wooded hills, near to Ascona, a well-known tourist centre at the Lago Maggiore in the South of Switzerland.
I apply the paints directly to the canvas with a spatula. I usually use acrylic paints. The reason is probably because I am a pragmatist, even when I paint. My style is like my temperament – quick. Painting with a spatula and acrylic paints, which dry in less than an hour, is totally in line with my mentality. I prefer strong, vibrant colours. My work always begins with a sketch, following a very clear image of the actual result. I always prepare the entire painting down to most details in my imagination. Sometimes it takes several days before I can start working on the actual painting. But once I have started things move very quickly. I paint "wet on wet", mixing the paints on the canvas. Because I use a lot of paint, which I apply in thick slabs, the structure created where the paint has been applied, remains clearly visible. It reminds the onlooker of the Impasto technique. Many of my paintings and their subjects are transformed into geometrical shapes, a technique which divides the images into segments. Therefore, I refer to it as segment art.
So I see visions, abstract paintings, somehow expressive, exploring intense emotions on the canvas.
Some funny ideas, as the kind of Calligraphy or Graffiti, I name “picchiography”. Rather than using language to replace the visual image, I use the visual image by painting letters to words. It is a bit like pop art but very nice to paint and inspires to meditation.
As a specialty I paint collages or compositions, of products, components, applications and so on of a specific theme on commission. I made several nice large Collages for Industry and a Bank.
My latest series is (about) work, which I call “art()work”. It shows stylistic colourful clippings of the machine working process with steel.
My latest works are Wildflowers, which you find in the Swiss Alps. I had made several hundred wildflower photos, most in macro. My wildflower paintings find many compliments and enthusiasm.In my segmant-art style they are very modern, but still presenting the typical aspect of the natrural flowers.