I was born in paradise and I was raised by Gods. This is what it felt for the first 10 years, then the lights went out. I’m talking about the country of Albania, my family, friends and everyone involved in the formation of my personality.
I was born into a fruitful land where everything was once organic, life was a beautiful dream, and love, it was just abundant. It helped form a concrete core that would later withstand, a revolution, a Great Depression, a civil war-like situation and lots of crimeand violence.
No matter what happened, I always made time for art. Despite the shortage of paper,writing and coloring tools, or any artistic infrastructure, I drew on the ground with a stick, I sculpted out of the asphalt dripping on the sides of old brick buildings, created toys, insects and figurines out of electrical cables and studied the smallest details I could see on all live plants and animals I got my hands on.
My family and I arrived in America in April of 1998, due to my mom winning the green card lottery. It was here when art flourished again for me. While in high school, my best friend got me my first mural.Later on I attended college and earned a Masters in Architecture. Then eager to work on cooler projects, I ended up 3D modeling the hottest 3D printed high heel, ‘Biomimicry Shoe’, in collaboration with Marieka Ratsma. This made me internet famous, opened many doors and I eventually found myself in New York City, living the life of a rockstar for about eight months.
Lets not forget Shapeways, today’s largest global 3D printing service provider, and second home for me to experiment, collaborate and grow.
Eventually my wife found me on LinkedIn to collaborate on her shoe designs. We ended up falling in love and here we are today, making the craziest, most futuristic shoes on the planet.