Dolce&Gabbana and Smeg teamed up to unveil a special edition FAB28 refrigerator, transforming it into a work of art. The two companies belong to two different creative sectors but are united by strong values and a tradition of “Made in Italy” excellence.
Each refrigerator features images painted by Sicilian artists: lemons, the trinacria symbol, cart wheels, medieval knights and battle scenes – all distinctive elements of the poetic marionette theatre and the Sicilian Cart.
Highly skilled Sicilian painters have been instrumental in developing the refrigerator of art collection - referencing "treasures of the past" through hand painting unique messages, artifacts, moments in history. The result is of course transforming the humble refrigerator into a unique representation of Italian heritage, a true work of art each taking 100's of hours to paint.
Adriana and Tiziana were born and raised in Sicily and their painting reflects their love of the Mediterranean culture, tradition and, naturally, for the art of the Pupi. The age-old culture of the carts, an important part of Sicilian “architecture”, is a source of endless inspiration for them.
Alessandro Forte paints portraits, sacred scenes and still lifes, the majority of which are painted from life using real models. He has participated in numerous exhitibions in Italy and abroad, and his creations can be found churches and public offices throughout the Catania region.
Born in Catania in 1975, Alice still lives and works in the city. For Alice the discovery of carts came from her interest in “objets d’art” and the “roots of her family”. As the only woman amongst the very few painters of carts to inherit this age-old and complex decorative art.
Biagio Castilletti had a great admiration for art ever since he was a child, and never missed an opportunity to draw. Biagio met Damiano Rotella in 2003. Since then the professional lives of the two artists became entwined. Biagio started to visit Damiano’s workshop, giving him advice and support. This led to a friendship based on trust, mutual collaboration and a passion for craftsmanship
Flavia Pittalà was born in Paternò. In 2015 she completed her degree at the Accademia delle Belle Arti, specialising in painting religious-themed paintings and participating in numerous exhibitions in the area.
Gaetano Daniele Di Guardo, in addition to painting mainly on canvas, teaches courses in local schools and introduces young people to the recurring techniques of Renaissance art. In recent years he rediscovered the values of the Sicilian painting tradition and became impassioned about cart decoration.
Gianfranco Fiore discovered the world of this style of painting when he frequented the prestigious workshops of master craftsmen and learned traditional decorating techniques from them. He then opened his own studio in Partinico restoring and painting traditional carts.
Michelangelo Lacagnina at just 5 years old 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.
Since he was a boy, Michele Ducato has pursued an interest in painting, handed down in his family for three generations, starting with his grandfather who opened an atelier. Working with his father, he is passionately devoted to the decoration and scrupulous restoration of Sicilian carts. Their aim was sharing this art with an ever larger audience and making it accessible to young people.
Salvatore Sapienza's passion for the decorative arts started when he was only 13 years old. His story as a decorator of Sicilian carts began by chance, when he painted an old wheel. His father showed it to two veteran decorators. Salvatore began working with the decorators in their workshop. He quickly fell in love with cart art and soon it blossomed into his great passion.
Since 1973 the Patania family have been making the traditional Sicilian Pupi, the famous puppet, in Catania. The Patanias have built an artisan business which has Sicilian tradition and unique charm at its core. These “treasures of the past” are refined, harmonious and unique objects. They are the result of a passion for the craft, a sense of belonging to their land and a meticulous love for quality materials.
Tommaso Provenzano specialised in figurative painting, mosaics and restoration. In the paintings of Tommaso Provenzano, battle scenes of the paladins and medieval jousting contests are portrayed in an entirely personal way, distinguished by their bold colours that evoke Sicily’s sun-drenched landscapes: ultramarine blue, vermillion and yellow ochre.
Expertise from the world of high fashion and design met to create this unique refrigerator collection decorated with emblems from Italian heritage and folklore.