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Collector’s Item

Gianfranco Fiore

Gianfranco Fiore was born in Switzerland in 1972. He studied at the Monreale Art Institute and the Accademia of Palermo, where he took a degree in Decorative Painting. Among the narrow ancient streets of Palermo’s historic centre he discovered the world of the Sicilian cart and fell in love: he began frequenting the prestigious workshops of the few master craftsmen still in operation and learned traditional decorating techniques from them. He then opened his own studio in Partinico and, with passion and patience, tracked down damaged carts and restored them with the aim of conserving the carts themselves and passing on the tradition. He initiated a series of collaborations with local artisans, creating marvellous carts for folkloric parades and private collections; he also experiments with applying classic cart decorations on other vehicles and design objects.

Surrender to delight

Enamel and oil, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm
This refrigerator pays homage to the vibrancy and exuberance of the colours of Sicilian cart painting. Parading down the street, these ancient vehicles would catch the eye of passersby, enraptured by the spectacle of its marvellous decorations and the delightful tinkling of its cianciane (bells). Luminous yellows, greens, reds and blues combine to create splendid medallions depicting chivalric scenes, mythological characters and the symbol of the trinacria.

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