When did you know you wanted to be a craftsman?
As a child, I sat under a wooden table at home. With a green pencil, I sketched a portrait of our national hero Gjergj Kastriot Skenderbeg. My father, who was a wood carver, wanted to repair our table and in doing so, saw the sketch. When my dad saw it, he understood that I had talent.
Why did you choose this career?
It was the only thing that inspired me and made me feel whole. During the time that I dedicated myself to art, every painting or composition that I created made me feel productive. And so, in one way or another I found myself, and I knew I would commit to this for a very long time.
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Is your work connected to where you live?
I carve stone from the town where I live and the surrounding area, turning it into works of art. The ideas that I have are linked to the area and adapted to the stone that I choose to carve. So, this makes me feel linked to the territory.
What surprises people about your work?
People find it very easy to look at a work of art in its finished form, but what they cannot understand is how something can emerge from a massive stone. They can’t take their imagination that far. People who are not in the field of art find it as difficult to see this as it is for a blind man to see light.