Born in Feltre, Italy, 1992 _ Currently based in Malax, Finland




2014 - 2016 _ Master degree in Art Graphic from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), obtained a score of 110/110 eulogy, with the thesis Montagne d'Autore (Dino Buzzati Traverso 1906-1972). Skills in visual arts, art history and traditional graphic.

2011 - 2014 _ Bachelor degree in Painting from Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan (Italy), obtained a score of 108/110, with the thesis La Linea nell'Arte. Skills in visual arts, art history and painting.

2006 - 2011 _ Diploma of Graphic Design from T. Catullo High School Institute , Belluno (Italy), obtained a score of 100/100 in advertising graphic design.


- Svenska Kulturfonden _ public art project with recycled books from the Lafkan antique shop (now permanently closed), 2021;

- Svenska Österbottens kulturfond (Nils Lundqvists fond) _ personal art project The Grey Hour, 2020-21;

- Svensk-Österbottniska Samfundet ( SÖS) _ personal art project The Grey Hour, 2020-21;

- Svenska Kulturfonden _ art exhibitions projects at Black Box Genesis art space, 2020;

- Vaasa City Kultural Grant _ got for Black Box Genesis art space, 2020;

- Starttiraha _ one year start-up grant, 2018-19.



- Finalist for Exibart Prize 2020, Rome, Italy;

- Nominated for Premio Lynx 2019, Trieste, Italy;

- Selected for VIZart International Biennale 2019 of Self-portrait entitled Who I am, Tirana, Albania;

- CCSA (under 35) open call _ with the art group La Faretra, we won the open call by Crema Municipality (Italy, 2019), presented the art project: Terminal - a contemporary reflection inspired by Leonardo da Vinci;

- N. Zingarelli Prize _ nomination for the book I Memorabili (Cerignola, Italy, 2014);

- U. Domina humoristic literature prize _ finalist with the book I Memorabili, vite segrete di uomini illustri (Enna, Italy, 2014).


Solo Exhibitions:

- THROWughOUT (also online exhibition) at Black Box Genesis (Vaasa, Finland, March 28 - April 12 2020);

- Fall at Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, November - Dicember 2018);

- Panismo at Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, 2018);

- Nati Per Leggere - Libri D’artista at City Libraries exhibition spaces (Varallo Sesia, Italy, 2016).

Group Exhibitions:

Mural Rural exhibition, group exhibition at Malakta gallery (Malax, Finland, May 2021);

-The Body Lenguage, Itsliquid Group, at The ROOM Contemporary Art Space and Palazzo Albrizzi Capello (Venice, Italy, March 2021);- Konstrundan 2020 (also online exhibition) at Black Box Genesis (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020)/ Group exhibition at Malakta art Factory and mural painting still in process (Malax, Finland, September 2020);

- Salong 20x20x20 at Galleri Socker ( Umeå, Sweden, March 2020);

- Ibis Open Walls, photo exhibition at Ibis Photo Gallery (Vaasa, Finland, November 2019 - February 2020);

- Terminal at Sale Agello (Crema, Italy, December 2019);

- On the occasion of LYNX 2019, my art work L'occhio del nibbio was present at the third and last exhibition at Lokarjeva art gallery, (Ajdovščina, Slovenia,November - December 2019);

- Who I Am, VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait at National Historical Museum (Tirana, Albania, September 2019);

Konstrundan 2019 at Malakta art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2019);

- Participation in Swiss Art Expo 2019 art fair (Zurich, Switzerland, August 2019);

- Terminal, una riflessione contemporanea ispirata a Leonardo da Vinci at Spazio d’arte Tribasso-Looking for Art (Milano,Italy, July 2019) and at Sala Bergognone (Nerviano, Italy, May 2019);

- Performer in the solo exhibition Untitled by Bekim Hasaj at Black Box Genesis art space (Vaasa, Finland, April 2019);

- Sussurri, Racconti Dal Contemporaneo at Villa Rusconi (Rescaldina, Italy, February 2019);

- Le Forme Dell'Uomo at Casa delle Artiste (Milan, Italy, November 2018);

- Il Bestiario di Brera at Villa Adele in San Vittore Olona (Italy, October 2018);

- Le Bestie di Brera at Sala Birolli (Verona, Italy, September 2018);

- Under 30 at Studiodieci Citygallery Vercelli (Vercelli, Italy, 2016);

- Nati Per Leggere - Libri D’artista at City Libraries exhibition spaces (Grignasco, Italy, 2016);

- Dragons Are Back, illustration exhibition at City coltural exhibition space (Santa Giustina, Italy, 2010).



- Mural Rural Festival 2021 _ selected artist for Mural Rural by Malakta rf ry (autumn 2020, postpone on spring 2021);

- Vaasa Arts Night 2020 _ mural painting for Vaasa Arts Night 30° anniversary (August 2020);

- Vaasa Arts Night 2019 _ art installation Glitch- sorry, there is interference (Finland, August 2019);

- Burning Art Festival 2018 _ performance Deep Smoke at Malkta Art Factory (Malax, Finland, September 2018);

- Vaasa Arts Night 2018 _ performance Living Painting at Black Box Genesis art space and on the streets (August 2018, Finland);

- Participation as artist at the National Cultural Project Nati per Leggere (Varallo Sesia,Grignasco, Italy, 2016);

- Participation as fine art student in the workshop about Breraten - Quaderno Di Appunti Visivi by Barbara Vistarini ( Milan, Italy, 2015);

- Presentation of books to various cultural events such as Libri in Cantina (Treviso, Italy, 2013) and Modena Book Fair (Modena, 2014).


- Exibart Prize 2020, finalists' catalog (3rd March 2021);

- interview and photo documentation for the Museum institution archive of Vaasa City by Silvia Rinne (Vaasa, Finland, September 2020);

- interview, article and video documentation by Vaasa City cultural department, about the Mural for Vaasa Arts Night 2020 ( Vaasa, Finland, 1st September 2020);

- radio interview and article by Yle cultural section ( Vaasa, Ostrobothnia, Finland, 31st July 2020);

- Who I Am, VIZart International Biennal 2019 of Self-portrait catalog (Tirana, Albania, September 2019);

- video documentation by Crem@online and article by Cultura Crema about Terminal - una riflessione ispirata a Leonardo da Vinci group exhibition( Crema, Italy, December 2019);

- interview and article for the blog/emerging section of The Bow - Art Communicator ( Italy, 8th August 2018).




- Illustrations in Eos Megazine (n. 6-7-8 2019, n.1-2-3-4-5-6 2020, n.8 2021);

- S. Gelain, V. Gelain, I Memorabili, Il Ciliegio, Como, 2013;

- S. Gelain, V. Gelain, Lady Schumi (vol. II), Il Ciliegio, Como, 2011; - S. Gelain, V. Gelain, Lady Schumi ( vol. I), Il Ciliegio, Como, 2010;

- Illustrations in L'Artiglio - L'oro del dio Hunn, Donato Altomare, Edizioni Della Vigna, Varese, 2010.


- Online llustration Workshop 'Your Story, Your Character!' for Art Saturday at Malakta (March 2021);

- I held the Muminpyssel Workshop, after Det osynliga barnet show by Wasa Teater hosted at Malakta on 28 November 2020;

- Online Workshop ' Play With Leaves' for Art Saturday at Malakta (October 2020);

- Artist Talk _ I had three meetings with the students of Vasa övningsskola, to talk about the mural commissioned by the city of Vaasa to celebrate the Arts Night anniversary (Vaasa, September 2020);

- Handmade Paper Workshop for Art Saturday at Malakta (December 2019);

- Artist Talks and Workshop _ artist talks during the personal and group exhibition and collateral workshop for the National Cultural Project Nati per Leggere (Varallo Sesia,Grignasco, Italy, 2016);

- Workshop and Radio Interview _ writing and illustration workshop with Setefano Gelain for primary school, with a collateral interview on the local radio (Possagno, Italy, 2010).



February 2021 - Present _ Full Member of G.A.P. - Globe Art Point ry (Finland);

January 2021 - Present _ Client of Kuvasto ry Visual Arts' Copyright Society (Finland);

June 2020 - Present _ Alternate Member for Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Film Centrum rf (Vaasa, Finland);

May 2019 - Present _ Board Member for Malakta Art Factory rf/ry (Malax, Finland).



• 2020 - Present _ Co-organizer of Mural Rural Festival by Malakta ry/rf project (Malax, Finland).

• 2019 - Present _ Social media and Visual Coordinator for Malakta ry/rf (Malax, Finland).

• October 2019 - Present _ Illustrator for Eos children magazine, Nykterhetsförbundet Hälsa och Trafik rf (Vaasa, Finland).

• June 2018 - Present Oner, Manager and Art Curator of Black Box Genesis Art Space (Vaasa, Finland).

• May 2018 - Present Founder and Owner of Black Box Genesis, Freelance Visual Artist for Black Box Genesis. Collaboration with Malakta ry/rf, Malakta Films ltd, Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/rf, Regional Dance Centre of Ostrobothnia ry/rf, private customers etc.

• Jenuary - August 2020 Communication, Social media Coordinator and Production Assistant of mAPs-migrating atists project, for Malakta Films ltd.

• July - August 2020 Mural Painting in collaboration with Vaasa City Cultural Services for a mural grented by Bröderna Gröndahls Stiftelse - Veljekset Gröndahlin Säätiö sr. 

• March 2019 - May 2020 Assistant of J. Rajala Granstubb for Elokuvakeskus Botnia ry/ Film Centrum rf (Vaasa, Finland).

• June - July 2019 Production Assistant ( also photo documentation and Premiere visual graphics) for Touched - film documentary by Jukka Rajala and Marc Wagenbach.

• 2010 - 2017 Freelance Visual Artist, Collaborations with 360 Decor-Art (Milan, Italy).

• August 2015 Private Art Teacher (Milan, Italy)

June - July 2010 _ The high school program included a month of internship during the summer vacation period with a company or a freelancer. I spent my month of internship with the cartoonist / artist R. Totaro.

Mural Rural Exhibition
The Body Language 2021
Konstrundan 2020
Salong 20x20x20
Ibis Open Walls
LYNX Prize 2019
Who I am
Konstrundan 2019
Night of Arts 2019
ARTBOX Projects
ARTBOX Projects
Terminal - una riflessione contemporanea ispirata a Leonardo da Vinci
Terminal, una riflessione contemporanea ispirata a Leonardo da Vinci
Sussurri, racconti dal contemporano
Le Forme dell'uomo
Il Bestiario di Brera
Burning Art Festival 2018
Night of Arts 2018
Le Bestie di Brera
Under 30
Nati per Leggere 2016
Nati per Leggere 2016
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