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The Expendables

“I am on a mission…and I never look back! If Cinderella went back to pick up her shoe, she wouldn’t have become a princess!”

The Expendables aims to celebrate my “second half.” If it is true that I’m loaded with Eastern philosophy, it is also indubitable that I was born and I’ve always lived and am now living in the Western part of the world. What is causing my existential dilemma is that I truly feel split between East and West. I could stay still for hours to meditate like a Buddhist monk and just one minute later live recklessly without even sleeping, like a New Yorker! That’s why I chose to carry out from myself my Western side in realizing TheExpendables right after having accomplished The Dragon. Why them? My passion for Hollywood movies is no longer a secret and my affection for those actors who played in that film is convincing enough to make me plan that painting. Is there someone left in the world who doesn’t know Rocky Balboa or Rambo? Even Antarctica penguins know them! And if I talk about Terminator, is there someone left who doesn’t know about whom I’m talking? This is the main reason that makes me love Hollywood: it is a magic place, like a fairy tale’s chateau, in which real artists conceive and give life to dreams designed to overcome the boundary of time and trends. A few days ago, I watched for the tenth time “Gone with Wind” and I can assure you that it is much younger than its real age. In “The Expendables”, each character I portrayed means something special to me: each of them struck me with something peculiar. I can almost “smell” some kind of magnetism coming out from those men whose real lives were characterized by difficult personal stories, even dramatic in certain situations, but thanks to their determination and unbelievable will, always culminated in happy endPage 14 • Fine Art • Summer 2016

ings. I won’t bore the readers mentioning all the biographies of the movie’s actors, but as a summary of what was said before I would like to mention just one episode. A young and above all unknown Sylvester Stallone, with a bank account of $106, refused to sell his script for “Rocky” the movie to the producers for the amount of $300,000. He asked for $8,000 and the role of the protagonist in the film. Please just tell me now: isn’t that a lesson of courage, conviction, determination, will-power? It would have been much easier walking the simple way, especially when it’s your bank account which is asking for that! So, what I want to say is: it is dangerous, strenuous, and demanding going beyond the Pillar of Hercules, but if you’re willing to take the risk, you might reach America! What core beauty do you want to convey, share, evoke in others when view they your works? The beauty of conscience: mine, which absolutely is dipped in my works but also that of world. Because we have to remember that the world is full of good energies if we have the will to go find them and especially if we get the strength to stay away from the dreadful ones. It is all around us: we have to make the choice…My paintings are a very little help to make us choose… Maybe I am audacious to believe I could do such a task, but I simply live and act every day following my instinct and above all serving my first commandment: never have regrets. So, yes I’m pretentious, but I am gratified, too: please don’t forget I am on a mission…and I never look back! If Cinderella went back to pick up her shoe, she wouldn’t have become a princess!

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Fine Art Summer 2016  

Featuring DMINC "Warrior Princess Artist"; Garsot & Kagan's "Synergism"; Warhol, DeNiro Awards Prize, Carole Feuerman's "Best Year Ever"; S...

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Featuring DMINC "Warrior Princess Artist"; Garsot & Kagan's "Synergism"; Warhol, DeNiro Awards Prize, Carole Feuerman's "Best Year Ever"; S...

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