Michelangelo Lacagnina was born in Caltanissetta in 1967. His first encounter with art happened at a very young age: at just 5 years old, he decided to draw the 40 cards of the Sicilian deck. Since then he has been painting, sculpting, engraving, inlaying and generally expanding his knowledge of the oil, tempera, charcoal and mosaic techniques in an expressive style that has been distinctively his own from the outset. After becoming certified as an art instructor, he took a teaching degree in Art and Set Design and later specialised in interior design in Palermo. He paints on glass, wood, ceramic and other materials. His creations are imbued with a deep sense of attachment to Sicily, whose landscape and unique light he interprets in an absolutely original way. His latest collection is titled “Mediterranean Suggestions”.
The decorations of this refrigerator pay tribute to Sicilian pastries, whose roots reach back to the gastronomic traditions of the various civilisations that have occupied the island over the centuries. Delicious confections and seasonal fruits and vegetables, symbolic of abundance and prosperity, have appeared since antiquity in the celebration of propitiatory and devotional rites offered to the gods and saints. A bounty of cannoli, marzipan, minne di Sant’Agata and cassata, arranged on cake dishes or offered by female figures in traditional costume, are painted across the entire surface. The cassata on the top evokes the warm Sicilian sun, whose rays nourish the fertility of the earth.