I was born in Italy in the year 1960, I came from a large cultured Italian family. I spent most of my childhood growing up in a small village in Italy called Orsogna, nestled in the foothills of Abruzzo region, as a child I was sent to a Friars monastery to live and be schooled. I spent 2 years of my life at the monastery.
The monastery way of life was life changing to me. This is where my compassion and love for art would grow and flourish. Since then, a lot has happened. My family and I moved to America for greater job opportunity and to live the American dream.
As a teenager, I had a difficult time adjusting in school and to America's foreign culture. After graduating school, I started working in the garment industry in Manhattan. I worked in the garment industry for a couple of years where younger memories of Italy were always on my mind. It was a difficult time in my life, I was depressed and undecided what I wanted to do in life. So I would have to decide either surrender to society's wrath or my love for art.