1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am Italian, 41 years old and married with two sweet daughters. I've been collecting comics since I was nine. I am also actively collecting electronic music records (mostly vinyl) from Stockhausen (the 50s) to techno music (not the most commercial side of it). I used to be involved in a small record company called Kom Fut Manifesto that released some records in the early 90s. Some of these records had comics artists involved like Igort and Giacon. I've had some opportunities to show my photos in contemporary art galleries in Italy since 1990 with some good response. I have a PhD in economics and currently I am running a small company called Home Dome where I design a line of precious ceramic (floor and wall) materials called Oro Nero (black gold).
2. What is your favorite piece in your gallery and why?
My favourite piece of art is Valentina by Guido Crepax, this art is fantastic in person and this character is part of my life, I had two girlfriends who had much to do with her.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
As a comic collector I feel that art collecting is a natural complement, I have started in 1986 when I bought Valentina for the then crazy amount of 500,000 lire (at the time it was $300-400) a fabulous amount of money for an university student. I was unlucky enough to have few money and not enough contacts to buy much more art except for a contact with Graphic Collectibles catalogue where I bought my Silver Surfer page for a cheap $80 in the early 90s. Had I any money at the time I could have also bought a Ditko Dr. Strange page for $350 (aaargh!). Since the late 90s, the Internet has made collecting original art easier but also more expensive! Once comic art collecting became easier, I stopped collecting comics, the gratification of having the real stuff overshadows any expensive comic book.
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
I keep my art in two A3 size binder and a large box for whatever is larger than standard size, but what a joy when I can hang it on my walls! My favourite place is my bathroom followed by my living room and office.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
Currently my top wants are:
-a fantastic 80s Michael Golden Doc Strange page feat Clea
-a 70s Alberto Breccia collage page
-a nice Magnus page with some pin ups in his late period
-Ditko art on Shade or Static, my favourite titles
-Jim Steranko 60s pop art work on any title
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