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Massimo Izzo Fruits of the Sea
Inspired by the beauty of his surroundings and propelled by his belief that art can be wearable.
By: Diamond World News Service
May 4 2011 12:10PM
Reference: 5966  

Inspired by the beauty of his surroundings and propelled by his belief that art can be wearable, Massimo Izzo, the designer with an ability to evoke fantasies and dreams, creates jewels that are distinctive and fashionable. Diamond World dives into the deep sea world of the creator of living art.

Perhaps it is the inspiration provided by the bounty of the sea that surrounds his home island of Sicily. Perhaps it is the rich legacy of the Greek culture and civilization which once pervaded the land he inhabits. Then again maybe it is an artistic sensibility ingrained in his very blood. Whatever it is, Massimo Izzo has a vividly imaginative mind that conjures up many worlds and an inspired touch which translates the fantasies into extraordinary jewellery.

Born in Messina, Massimo is today based in Syracuse, where he has a beautiful atelier, a jewellery workshop and showroom. It nestles in an 18th century building in the historical and island of Ortigia, which is an archaeological site, in the heart of the ancient Sicilian town of Syracuse. Here clients and visitors can get a view of the workshop from the window at the end of its gallery.

Both cities are unique in that they were established by Greek colonists. Messina was founded in the 8th century and though devastated by earthquakes several times, still boasts of some architectural marvels from the 13th – 15th centuries. The 2700 year old Syracuse was a powerful city-state of ancient times and continues to be steeped in Greek history and culture. Its architecture including amphitheatres are clearly indicative of its Greek ancestry. Interestingly it was the birthplace of Archimedes, the great mathematician and engineer. In 2005 the entire city of Syracuse, has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Against this background rich in natural beauty, history and culture, Massimo first studied at the State Institute of Art of Syracuse taking classes in the experimental section of base metal and goldsmithing. He later obtained a Master of Art Diploma in 1985, followed by the Artistic Maturity Diploma. In 1987, at the young age of 21 he opened his own Goldsmith's Laboratory in the heart of Ortigia, Syracuse’ old town centre.

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Ciao Massimo, ti scrivo perche' ho letto un articolo sul Giornale di Vicenza,inerente la fiera dell'oro di Vi, che parlava di Carlo Izzo ma c'era la tua foto cosi' ho voluto contattarti per salutarti ma in realta' si trattava di tuo fratello...Sono Patrizia Agricola di Vicenza:ci siamo conosciuti da piccoli quando venivo con la mia fam.in vacanza a F Bianche.Spero tu stia bene e anche la tua famiglia.Se ti va mi piacerebbe sentirti.CIAO!!
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