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 three-pointed island
Enamel and oil, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm
The decorations of this refrigerator are inspired by the form of Sicily itself, more or less triangular, and by the cities that define its three extremities. Trapani is represented by a tuna catch in the sea just off the island of Favignana; a battle scene that reinterprets Hellenistic ceramics and an eagle crowned with a crenellated tower both refer to Siracusa, cradle of Greek civilisation on the island; Messina is evoked by the presence of the heraldic banner, painted on both the top and one of the sides. The upper part of the front panel features the trinacria, quintessential symbol of Sicily.