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Matteo "Durgin" Donzelli, founder of Durgin Paint Forge, during a painting demo in Lucca Comics&Games
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Durgin Paint Forge Team
Oh, ciao!

I'm Matteo, I was born in Sanremo, Italy, on a hot August in 1988. Honestly, I'm not sure it was a particularly hot August, but it makes the story more dramatic.

I'm Ligurian, which means that I like to complain about anything and, of course, I know how to make and recognize a properly made focaccia. 

I'm a Virgo, which means that I like to overthink and lose myself in details that nobody cares about. 

I've recently become the father of a precious little girl, which means that I'm the happiest human being in this world.

I discovered this hobby a long time ago, almost by chance. I was 12 years old and I came across my first box of miniatures in a stationery store: it was love at first sight. I assembled my first kit, gluing more fingers than plastic, I tried my best to paint it with an old set of colors and I spent hours inventing a story for that proud, little toy soldier. Despite the result being terrible, I was proud of myself like never before. I realized how much I love to create things with my own hands and imagination.

Since then, I just kept making things to the best of my ability. 

It makes me happy.

I think it's important in life to find something special that encourages us to commit. I like to design and paint miniatures, and when my creations inspire other hobbyists, I feel like I achieved my purpose.

Despite being my creation, I'd dare to say my second child, Durgin Paint Forge is not just me. I have the privilege of collaborating with talented artists and the priceless blessing of a supportive family and friends: thanks to them, I just have to focus on doing my best. My dream is to gather colorful souls around my projects and share my ideas with as many creatives as possible. I got endless inspiration from others and I want to give something back with my creations to my amazing community.

One day, I want to move to Japan and spend my last years making focaccia for everybody.

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