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”.
Enamel and oil, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm The decorations of this refrigerator portray scenes of everyday life and traditional trades in Sicily. The paintings on the front, framed by colourful geometric motifs, feature the Sicilian cart, a horse in ceremonial regalia and a lavishly decorated mask. The sides depict a series of maritime activities: the carved prow typical of Greek ships refers to fishing, while the salt crystals evoke the harvesting of this precious element in the salt farms of Trapani. The bright Sicilian sun suffuses all the surfaces and nourishes the wheat, prickly pears, grapes and mandarin oranges with its life-giving rays.