I am an Italian artist currently living and creating in Slovakia. I am predominantly working with oil, gold leaf, charcoal and mixed media. Drawing inspiration from my homeland’s architecture, myths and traditional patterns, the “Sicilian collection” and “The Land of Myth collection” started taking shape. Sicily was and still is the melting pot of the Norman, Byzantine, Arab, Roman, Greek heritages, therefore mix of various patterns can be found throughout my portfolio. The collection is marked by ornate accents, warm materials and indoor-outdoor living feel. The majolica ceramics have survived for centuries and the stories they still tell us remain as vital, unique and animated as the hand-painted baroque ornamentations themselves. I strongly believe that these beautiful traditions should be preserved for many generations to come.
Artworks from my Sicilian collection can be found in private collections in the UK, Australia, Portugal, Bahrain and the United States.
Majolica, or maiolica, comes from the Medieval Italian word for the Spanish island of Majorca. The Italians mistakingly thought the style was from Spain, while the technique originated in the Middle East back in the ninth century. In reality Moorish potters took their craft to Sicily and the style gradually spread to the mainland from Santo Stefano di Camastra.
Today, Sicily still has a thriving ceramics industry, centred in four main towns: Caltagirone, Santo Stefano di Camastra, Burgio and Sciacca.
The majolica ceramics have survived for centuries and the stories they still tell us remain as vital, unique and animated as the hand painted baroque ornamentations themselves.