1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am 48 years old and a medical doctor, a neurosurgeon to be precise. I was born in South America but grew up in Europe where I still live as of today. I just adore all forms of art: music, paintings, drawings, cinema, dance, and whatever variant you can imagine. I think and firmly believe that these things makes us better people and can help us to understand the complexity of life... I have always seen comics as an important part of contemporary art.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Which piece is my favorite? That’s a tough question, especially since I have many erotic pieces in my collection. Spontaneously, if I had to pick, I would choose Saint Julie by Simon Bisley; it's full of the essence of his talent. The original has actually nearly a 3D quality to it.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
I started collecting comic art 20 years ago; my first piece was a Druuna pin-up by Serpieri. As I said before, comics were a huge influence as long as I can remember. I grew up with the European classics: Asterix and Obelix, Lucky Luke, Mafalda by the Argentinian Guino... these are very early memories (I guess I was 5 years old), later Batman entered my life and had quite an impact... the dark hero mythology intrigued me. One must also admit that the second half of the last century created an amazing change in the creation and perception in comics. In France for example their importance is nearly as recognized as contemporary literature. With some of the artist i became close friends over the years: Tomi Ungerer, Lorenzo Mattotti, Simon Bisley, the publisher Kevin Alsop, and Budd Root. Just to name the most personal ones. With most of them I have done some book and other projects.- Simon Bisley even painted a huge artwork on my Steinway grand piano. we documented the whole creative process on video... and maybe one day we will publish an artbook and DVD called: The Devil’s Piano.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I would say that probably 50% of my collection is framed and hanging on the walls in my house. The rest is well protected in a large metal artwork drawer (dry, warm, unbreakable and safe) manufactured by the British company BISLEY (that has nothing to do with Simon) 60% of the collection is on CAF...
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
The five most wanted? OK, I will pick some from many that are floating in my mind.
1. An erotic Frank Miller page from his Sin City series
2. A Bill Sienkiewicz page from Elektra Assassin.- featuring Elektra (what else)
3. An acrylic painting by Enki Bilal from his Blue Sang series; Jill Bioscope sitting at the table
4. Something erotic by Moebius
5. And a specific women I have in mind by Magnus from his El Prinpice .... the prince and his garden cycle
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