Salvatore Sapienza was born in Catania in 1980. His 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. After restoring the wheel and painting it, his father showed it to two veteran decorators. It was the beginning of a long story about art, love and craftsmanship and luckily has never ended. Salvatore began working with the decorators, Domenico Di Mauro and Antonio Zappalà, in their workshop. Di Mauro was his master and his mentor, teaching him all the tricks of the trade. He quickly fell in love with cart art and soon it blossomed into his great passion. With sacrifice and great effort, Salvatore has made over 30 Sicilian carts. Today Salvatore works in a fruit shop he took over from his grandfather 12 years ago. Who knows what he will create if in the future he finds time to indulge in his greatest passion every day.
Enamel and oil, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm The imagery on this refrigerator, inspired by the exploits of the paladins of France, are accentuated by the whites, blues, reds and greens that characterise the traditional cart decorations. On the front panel is the love scene between Odorico and Isabella, and the episode where Astolfo frees the brothers of Rinaldo from prison by mesmerising the guards with the Tarantella. The sides feature two horse heads in full regalia. The top reproposes the colourful friezes that dominate the entire surface.