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1950-1959 FROM THE ALGERIAN COAST TO THE CORSICAN SHORE

« This is the main square of Castiglione, today called Bou-Ismaïl, my native village, where I was born on June 28th, 1950. I see myself again wearing my rompers, with my little blond head and its curly hair. I remember going to the beach with my dear nanny, Aïcha. This is my childhood and those perfumes that I find back in those lights. What a gentle life! These are the same smiles that I’m hanging out today in Morocco, in Marrakech. With the Algerian war, my parents, originally from Castagniccia, preferred to send me back to Corsica. It's very strange, because I didn’t know anything about my origins. At the same time, my blood is Corsican, my ancestors are Corsican, and I didn’t wait for history to become Corsican myself. »

1960-1969 A TEENAGE FOOTBALL PLAYER, BETWEEN CORSICA AND CATALONIA

« My father knew I was gifted with the ball at my feet. In Perpignan where we’d moved, he set up a club, the ASP-FLL for Foyer Léo Lagrange Sports Association. As he had been a well-known goalkeeper, I also played in the cages with the same qualities: the quick eye and hands. At that time, I was a fan of Dominique Colonna, the first-choice goalkeeper of the French national football team. I had the opportunity to meet him later in Corsica, in a magical place, the Auberge Colonna that he opened with his family, in Corte. »

1970-1990 EXPLOITS IN FRENCH MUSIC

« The world of variety lasted a touring time. I was at Polydor's, I did the opening of Joe Dassin in the Montpellier arena. I quickly recorded my first recordings in Paris thanks to Pierre Porte and Pierre-André Doucet, the best composer-songwriters at that time, who wrote among others for Sylvie Vartan. Claude Dejacques, the artistic director of Barbara, spotted me at that moment for Pathé Marconi. After that, I worked with the greatest lyricists of French music: Didier Barbelivien, Frank Thomas, Étienne Roda-Gil. I was on stage, on TV, on the Midi Première, did appearances on the Michel Drucker show..."

1991-1999 IVORIAN INSPIRATION

« After ten years at the head of a luxury hotel and restaurant where I had taken up my quarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, I decided to devote myself entirely to art and creation. For the first time, I showed my paintings and my massaïs statues at Simone Guirandou-N'Diaye’s, head of the Arts Pluriels Gallery, rue des Jardins. For me, it was necessary to revisit the traditional forms of Africa in a contemporary way. At the same time, I created a workshop, called "Comment-Fer" (literally « How-Metal »; meaning « How-to-do »), to implement my projects with local artisans

1999-2010 THE END OF THE AFRICAN DREAM

« First of all, there is the coup d'état of December 24th, 1999 in Côte d'Ivoire. One day I was attacked by eight armed men who burst into my house. It's 5 am, these ultraviolent guys take me out of bed and drag me to the ground. One of them puts the barrel of his gun in the back of my neck. There, I have flashes of Algeria that come back to me in bursts. I feel like my life has come to a halt. When they left, I couldn’t speak, I should be dead. The next day, I told my youngsters, at the workshop: "I think it's over ..." So I went back to Corsica. »

2010-2014 REVIVAL ON THE « ÎLE DE BEAUTÉ »

« After I returned, I gradually recovered. My desire to paint and sculpt was so strong that I quickly found back the path of the workshop, to resume my creation and exhibition projects. As usual, everything just naturally fell into place, as did my travels or my exchanges with Serge Ricco and our "Dinart" evenings at the Auberge du Coucou...»