The Urban Landscape

“I started to draw with the ink pen when I was only 5 years old.” - the artist

Harrisburg, PA Pride of the Susquehannal, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

Harrisburg, PA Pride of the Susquehannal, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

I am an Italian American citizen born on June 27th, 1966 in Treviso, Italy.

I started to draw with the ink pen when I was only 5 years old: my father took home a rapidograph, an ink pen commonly used by Architects that time, and I never stopped to use it. My favourite subject was the urban landscape and in few years I won most of the painting competitions dedicated to kids of my age.

Harrisburg, PA South 2nd Street, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

Harrisburg, PA South 2nd Street, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

I drew very quickly and directly with the china without the help of pencil and rubber and in 1977 I exposed in my first solo exhibit In Treviso (“Forty drawings of an eleven years old boy”): the critics have predicted a successful career. Since very young I collaborated with editors and authors and at only 13 years old I got my most important success: I have been ranked first, among 350000 participants, at the National Drawing Competition in Rome, and my sketch of Treviso became a stamp of Italian Post (November 30th, 1980). The same year the Municipality, in recognition of the important success, invited me to exhibit my latest drawings of Treviso alongside those of my great grandfather who used the same technique a hundred years before. My family is important in the art field because for three generations (Girolamo, Mario and Memi Botter, the last my father), starting from 1890, saved and restored frescos in all the region of Veneto.

I decided to follow my family heritage in a different branch becoming Architect and in 1993 I graduated in Venice at the IUAV. Although I continued to draw while working as a professional, also because of the new tools, such as computers and CAD, I was reserving to this passion only my free time and vacations. During my trips in Europe and America I was habit to take with me my sketchbook to picture the most beautiful places I had the chance to visit.

Lancaster, PA Penn Square Fountain, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

Lancaster, PA Penn Square Fountain, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

After drawing my hometown for decades, I finally decided to sketch it from a bird’s eye view in 1997: in those last years of the Millennium there was still no Google Map and I had to climb the towers of the churches to take pictures and sketches from the high to understand the city shape. It was from 1813 that no one had attempted to draw the city with a view of this complex. After three and a half months of hard work, the perspective map of Treviso was introduced to the Press on November 30th.

From 2002 to 2004 I was Teaching Assistant at the University of Architecture (Architectural Design Course 1, Prof. Arch.Claudio Panerari) and from 2006 to 2008 Professor of Techiques of Drawings and Surveying at the International University of Art at the Giudecca Island, Venice.

The economic crisis had made me rediscover the pleasure of drawing that has now replaced my previous employment. My drawing skill has turned into real job and now I am working in the United States of America where my art is well welcomed.

Pittsburgh, PA Allegheny County Courthouse and Old Jail, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

Pittsburgh, PA Allegheny County Courthouse and Old Jail, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

In 2012 I decided to come back to the U.S. where my mother, also a painter, lived in the 50s and 60s. In Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania, I did find the right place to continue my carrier in the field of art. On January 2013 I exhibited for the first time in the United States at GalleriE-Chiz in Shadyside, the most exclusive neighborhood of the city.

Pittsburgh, PA View From Atop Benedum Trees Bldg, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

Pittsburgh, PA View From Atop Benedum Trees Bldg, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

On my recent drawings of the “Steel City” I combine the Italian aesthetic background with a family history rooted in the U.S. to envision the American urban landscape. I like the contrast between modern and historic buildings, and my sign in black and white helps to blend very well details of the contemporary era.

I was featured many times on local and national magazines and my sketches of Pittsburgh were published in the cover of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Washington DC Old Post Office, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

Washington DC Old Post Office, 2018, Pen & Ink, 17 x 14 inches

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