I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and came to the U.S.A. to pursue a graduate degree in Physics. There had been no premeditated process to choose a science major beyond the wish to work on bringing about the imagined futures that so fascinated me in my insatiable reading of science fiction .
Once I started down this path I was drawn to theories and equations rather than experiments and machinery. I saw beauty in the symmetrical arrangement of Maxwell’s equations governing electro-magnetism and in Einstein’s General Relativity breakthrough describing gravitation. I found it fascinating that the human mind can find a way a set of equations to describe real life processes.
Nevertheless, there was a moment near the completion of my degree when I felt a strong need to work on a field where my musings with equations could be immediately put to the test rather than having to wait years or decades for someone to design an experiment to test new hypotheses. This led to a 30-year career in mathematical finance.
I am awed by every form of human ingenuity. Witnessing what is made possible by the spark of creativity makes me feel blessed to have been born. I am especially attracted to the visual arts, to the idea of works that deliver strong emotions all at once, whether it takes a few seconds or a life time for a full digestion of their message.
Even though the right/left distinction works as a way to identify the prevalent brain areas engaged in human activities, I believe that a deeper source of scientific/technical creativity versus their artistic counterpoint lies in the thirst to find underlying patterns, form, structure, and beauty in the world we inhabit.
I retired from a long technical career in late 2018 and started painting right away. Even though this path was serendipitous it now look very logical, as it provides a way to continue to tend to this thirst. I am thrilled that painting provides me with the potential to connect with other people on an emotional level