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Dante Gandini

Dante has been a believer in art therapy for his entire life. Painting has helped him cope with a series of challenges since he was a young man. Dante creates his artwork at Common Art, a program in Boston which provides space, art materials, and support staff to homeless and low-income individuals. He always feels relaxed and content when he paints. Painting not only enables Dante to interpret the world around him, but it also helps him connect with others. In October 2014, Dante spoke at the United Nations about the power of using collaborative art to fight poverty. When asked why he wants to sell his work, Dante had a simple answer:

"Survival."

Each piece Dante sells through ArtLifting will enable him to buy food and art supplies for him and his fellow artists at Common Art.