1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a 43 year-old Italian collector that started his passion with comics when he was six; thanks to his mother who was a great superheroes and Disney fan. Starting from Italian, American and European comics it was easy to love the greatest artists of that period: Kirby, Romita, Buscema like all South American masters and Italian ones (Jacovitti, Magnus, Toppi, ...), so, once I had the chance to earn some money with my work, I've started to collect original artworks and, right now, I've been able to have a collection from all over the world, with many great artists, counting more than 3,000 pieces. My greatest target has been to have been able to become one of the bigger Magnus (Roberto Raviola, one of the Italian Masters) collectors.
2. Which is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favourite piece is a wonderful Batman cover realized by Italian young Master Gabriele Dell'Otto. I love it first because it's an incredible painted piece, where both Batman and Joker seem to be alive, and second because I bought it years ago when no one knew Gabriele Dell'Otto but, looking at that piece, I decided that he would have been a great shining star (and that's what happened).
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started on 1994 with a couple of artworks by Simone Bianchi (he was at the beginning of his career), but since 1992 I was collecting convention sketches - I've near 1.300. I was moved to start looking at all those wonderful artworks that were showed in the comic conventions
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I have some of them hanged on my home and office walls, while all the others are inside books with plastic acid free pages
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Well, it's not easy, but I could say that I would like to find a wonderful Mike Mignola Hellboy cover, a Gottfreddson 30s daily or Sunday, a Jack Kirby Thor cover, a Jacovitti panoramic page and a Bottaro "Mattaglia" but there're many more pieces I would like to add to my collection.
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