From an interview with the artist:
Your paintings often have the faces of your subjects peeled off. What is it that gives a person their identity? What is the most important layer?
I don’t think painting is the best way to give a person their figurative identity. Peeling off the faces makes it possible for all the neglected parts of a representation to come to light and, as far as I am concerned, they all work even better without any kind of control. I don’t know what it is that gives a person their identity, it’s such complex matter. I definitely don’t think a portrait can eventually give it back because you can always perceive its author behind its eyes; well, maybe others’ portraits (even their removal, why not?) can outline the author’s identity.
How do you achieve the layered effects in your paintings?
By feeding my creation day by day and waiting for each work to discover its own rules. It happens sometimes. Generally I like burying many works on the same support until the conveyance of these dull forms becomes quite intense and palpable. Then I start a destructuring step by simply using my hands or a knife.
There is a darkness in your work. Where does this come from?
Each form attempt stems from a very dark plan and only comes to light with great difficulty. To me the problem is not to understand where darkness does come from, rather what can come out of it.
I think that working with light colors is more difficult and, in fact, I’m not very good at it.
What are your beliefs about the nature of mankind? What gives our lives meaning against the eventual death and decay that claims us all?
I think man is simply against nature, kind of a virus refined through ages and ages of evolution.
I think that artistic research perceived as consolation and competitiveness is the demon that gives meaning to my days. Everyone has to discover their own.
What are some of your obsessions? What makes you happy?
The body is an obsession, I’m unable to get over the fact that I live in one, death is another obsession of mine, painting another one.
Read the interview in its entirety here.