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Steven Gheno – Italian visual art student on Madeira Island

Updated: Jul 24, 2021

Steven is an art student from Italy who just recently moved to Funchal in order to help organizing an art residence. He likes to travel, especially to places with sea or ocean as his biggest hobby is swimming. We asked him few questions regarding his stay in Funchal. Read on and meet Steven! 😊

How long did it take you to decide to apply for this programme and complete the whole process?

I was looking for a place to do my internship and the Art Center Caravel looked like the perfect place to do it. It's full of opportunities to learn as it's very small, so you can explore different task all together instead of focusing just on one.

Did you already get used to the island life? Do you like it?

I moved here just a month ago and loved it so far, it's a great place to relax and learn new things at the same time.

Is the lifestyle here much different than your country?

Yes, it's very different since the city where I live in Italy is more crowded and people are probably more stressed. Here everything looks slower paced and this helps with certain activities, like art for example.

Can you share with us a little about your own background in art?

I've started a Visual Art Course at Bologna University 2 years ago, after a bachelor’s in history. I've already took part at some Erasmus trainings related to art and helped sponsoring a street art festival in Greece, but this is the first time I'm working in an art gallery so I'm very happy to learn how to do it.

Do you think that Madeira can serve you as an inspiration? If yes, what exactly?

I think it can help inspiring me about my future choices, since I believe that you need to be calm to make a good choice and this place helps a lot towards that.

Do you have a favourite thing or hobby that you like to do on Madeira?

I love exploring nature in general and here are plenty of uncontaminated places, I'm also a keen swimmer so I jump in the ocean every time I can. Tha's why I just love being here!

Marija Trifunovska


Funchal, Madeira

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