Painter, author, director of films and operas, creator of multimedia shows and recently even VJ, Peter Greenaway is the perfect embodiment of the modern artist. With his creative and visionary spirit, he is deeply tied to the tradition of figurative art and fascinated by the potential of new technology. He made his name in cinema directing successful films like The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989) and The Pillow Book (1996). His paintings and drawings are on view in many prestigious galleries and his multimedia shows are featured in museums throughout the world, like his installation Nightwatching at the Rijksmuseum. He is very fond of Italian culture and has had a special relationship with Turin ever since his first visit here in 1995 to present the first Italian study ever made of his cinema. He dedicated the artbook Tulse Luper in Turin to the city, has made 92 drawings of the Mole Antonelliana, filmed an episode of The Tulse Luper Suitcases at the castle of Racconigi and worked on the ambitious project Peopling the Palaces for three years. Greenaway, born in Newport in 1942, is the honorary president of Volumina.