I couldn't miss showing you one of our traditional Sicilian cart artists. Tommaso Provenzano worked on one of his smaller pieces for the whole 10 days we were at the exhibition, willingly talking and explaining his work to visitors.
These traditional carts are now used for display and events such as weddings, a full size decorated cart can cost up to 10,000 euros. The whole thing is hand carved in wood and then passed on to the artist. Tommaso uses acrylics to paint every single part, inside the wheels, underneath the cart....not one inch is left untouched.
Most of the scenes painted are from Sicilian folklore and history featuring red, blue and yellow (the colours of the Sicilian flag). Originally brought over by the ancient greeks, the carts showed pictorial history to those who were illiterate, becoming popular in the 1800's.. The craft has been handed down generation after generation and there were three such artists in our exhibition all local.
Tommaso has a web site www.tommasoprovenzano.net