1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 47 and married without children. I was born in Rome, Italy where I still live and work. My college degree is in Literature; I first worked for a Software Company and then, 18 years ago, I decided to pursue one of my
(too) many passions: Comic & Illustration Art! Since then, with a colleague, I run my personal business company as "Spazio Corto Maltese Gallery." We sell books, graphics, original art, and we also publish some signed & limited editions. We also arrange personal shows for many artists in the genre.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
I have many "Grails" in my personal collection but perhaps the one I love the most is my Gil Kane Conan cover. I first saw this image when I was a teenager, published as a cover to the very first Italian issue of Conan the Barbarian. I couldn't dare to imagine to own the original one day.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting original art in 1990 when I first saw some original pages and covers at a local comic convention. I was already an avid collector of books, records, movies, and stamps. Later on, I would also add wristwatches... sometimes I feel I should be confined into Arkham Asylum! Without the Caped Crusader trying to rescue me...
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
Almost all of my art collection is matted, framed, and displayed on my walls! See "My framed walls" gallery. I believe art is something you should see and admire everyday; a personal pleasure and joy to share also with your most beloved friends and guests.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
I have many of course. I would crave to own: an original Frazetta's painting (big choice), a John Bolton "Vampiress" (they're so rare to come by), an original Illustration from Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein, a huge Jack Kirby splash with the Silver Surfer, and finally a Conan Saga color cover by Barry Windsor-Smith!
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