I was born on March 14, 1957. and raised in Bayside, Queens, New York City. In high school I was awarded the Iron Horse as best swimmer in the city then attended SUNY@Buffalo. After 2 years I left university, traveled across Canada, and settled in San Francisco at the age of 19. I studied film history and making at San Fransisco State.
I returned to New York in 1980 residing in the East Village where I opened the infamous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, a performance/art bar during the heyday of the East Village art scene. The Whitney Museum recently recreated the venue for it’s first installation when it moved downtown in 2015. The Museum of Modern Art included the bar in its exhibit on Club 57 and the East Village art scene of the 1980s.
“The Speaker Series” that I created asked luminaries to lecture and answer questions. Notables Allen Ginsberg, Quentin Crisp, Tiny Tim, RuPaul, Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster), Ultraviolet, Joe Franklin and many other legends participated.
In the 90’s, I produced large parties in New York and Miami clubs always with art, installations and performance.
By my mid thirties I had enough of nightlife. I learned accounting and taxes and worked 9-5. The change was exhilarating at first but didn’t last. After a few years I left the office. I have lived decades between Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Florence. I speak fluent portuguese, italian and spanish.
I have made collages since college but have gotten more serious about it in the last decade, My work keeps getting larger and more intricate.