The first movie I saw in my life was 'Ulysses', with Kirk Douglas.
I was 5 years old, we had no television at home, I was not used to see fiction images... and I believed all these fantastic creatures moving on the big screen, cyclops, giants and sirens, I believed they were real, they actually existed!
The sensation of astonishment these creatures caused on me, half marvel/half fear, opened my eyes to a new, unlimited world of wonders.
The world was never the same to me, before I went out of the cinema theather.
More or less by the same time, I was also shocked when an strange black machine talked to me! In fact, it was simply a bakelite telephone, and it was ringing... so I put the black machine close to my ear, as my mother used to do, and, believe me, it talked, said 'Hello' to me! The unexpected voice coming out from a machine made me understand that this telephone was a veritable 'Living Machine', it was... alive.
Now, more than 40 years later, after 20 hard years of exile (the same time Ulysses spent going back to Ithaca), I found my home in the small island where I live, surrounded by the Sea.
And now I know, and can tell you for sure, that all these fantastic creatures, cyclops, giants, medusas, angels and devils, sky fishes and blonde sirens, living machines and flying chairs... they exist, all of they are TRUE!
And I paint to show, to share the wonder, to recover and bring to life these intangible, secret worlds.