I am Italian-born, and grew up in Africa from the age of 12, in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia). I studied Geology and Chemistry in Cape Town, South Africa, but I was always intrigued by philosophy, and art. I sought to answer Gauguin's three questions: "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" by living and assisting in the development of alternative lifestyle communities. Later I worked for many years in hi-tech/internet technology in the USA, UK, and the Netherlands before moving to la Gomera, and dedicating myself to painting.
My inspiration are the island of la Gomera, its people, and a constant flow of personal memories. I follow a method I call "chaos-based" painting. Whether engaged with a portrait or landscape I paint my expressionistic experience of the subject. More often I like to start a canvas empty of all concepts of what might emerge, without aim nor end-result in mind. I believe true art emerges from beyond "my head", and I am, at best, its instrument. So although my paintings are figurative, they often begin as abstracts, gathering form over time.
I sign my work as "brazza" - the Italian Africa-explorer - as a reminder to keep learning, and to meet new challenges with his grace, and magnanimity.
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