(b. 1966, Italy )
Massimo was invited by the gallery to create a series of works following his original aesthetic and superb craftsmanship that would push his imagination and creativity even further.
He started his career as an artist jeweller at the age of 14 and since then, all his creations have always been inspired by wild nature, the arts and Mediterranean cultures of his beloved Sicily. Themes such as the flora and fauna, myths, Gods and the philosophers of ancient Greece are depicted with masterly techniques, outstanding execution and knowledge of the Mediterranean past.
Born in Messina and grew up in Syracuse, Massimo ‘s project for the gallery is a hymn to the symbol of Sicily; the Mount Etna whose majestic and powerful presence has been loved and feared by many civilisations.
The six one of a kind rings made of blackened silver, sapphires, diamonds and precious opals are for Massimo a journey in search for the essence. The Sciara rings are surreal, colourful, luminous craters with saturated blacks contrasted with shimmering lines. They are evocations of feelings and a calling for a new life.
“There, on top of the mountain, one can find the truth, building over a rock is where everything starts”.“I create for the free winds blowing in Sicily, for the sacred fires, for the supreme law of creation rising from the flames. For the hallowed salt of the deep blue Ionian Sea, for the soft and powerful dreams, where secret stones blossom from the obscure womb of Earth. For the pure diamonds cut and shaped by gods’ breath. For the crystal structure of creative ideas, rising and falling like stars beating in sideral spaces”. Massimo Izzo
It is a magical world of astonishing colours and fascinating shapes the one of Massimo’s. Techniques like filigrane, lost wax, embossing and engraving are used to bring alive vibrant natural gemstones, corals and noble metals.