Great artisans hidden in the south – a touch of Puglia artists in the heart

We find the best of Puglia artists in Piemonte.The fairs of Artò and Artissimma in Torino, Italy in early November each year attract visitors not just from Piemonte but also many regional and international visitors.

 

The quality of the arts and works are known to excite the visual sense and challenge the artistic mind. Energitismo sought out the exhibitions with our desire to find new top calibre artists and artisans to join Our Collections and Our Discoveries. In 2013, at Artò, there was an exhibition from Puglia artists that attracted much attention, not the least from Energitismo.

Torino may seem an unusual place to find those who treasure the white sands and warmth of Puglia, but in Torino Pugliesi and lovers of Puglia have found at least two reasons to seek out the Piemontese. The first, and most well known, is Slow Food, a culture for which the south is renowned. There the creation of a culinary masterpiece draws on the memories of the sands of time, fresh fruits from the sea and the simple natural herbs plus spices from the east. It is not subject of undue haste in the creation or the consumption, truly slow food and the Pugliesi relish in displaying their art in the kitchen.

The second, and less remembered presentation of excellence from Puglia was found this year at Arto – Puglia artists. Let us review just two of the outstanding people we met and attempt to evidence the wonder of their works.

The first of the works of the Puglia artists was a display of the traditional ceramics from Grottaglie. All visitors were attracted by a civil engineer, Antonio Vestita, who now proudly calls himself a ceramic engineer, as is the teller of this story. Antonio creates sculptures based on intricate mosaic ceramics that he builds ever so patiently in his laboratory. He uses coloured glazes with great care replicating and creating the historical designs of the past. Each work is an individual creation. His ceramic works, that belong in the galleries and museums, are integrated with three dimensional structures to create reflection and refraction of the colours.

Alongside Antonio Vestita, one found with joy Antonio Dattis, patiently carving the neck of a reproduction ancient lute. Behind and surrounding him were the great works of musical instrument creation, replicas in art and tone of the most intricate works of string instruments of the past 500 years. Antonio’s works are not a fluke; he undertakes extensive research to find the original drawings and instructions for the instruments. He seeks out instruments to photograph and paintings that show the instruments. His works may be found in some of the great museums and collections. Seek and you shall find – a true Collection piece – a great member of the Puglia artists.