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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  

With the sassy poser “Who says Art can’t be Wearable?” as his tagline, Massimo has gone on to create a myriad marvels from gold, Sardinian coral, precious stones and other natural materials. His predominant motifs are starkly evocative of the ocean - starfish, sea urchins, seahorses, crabs, mermaids and all things underwater. The lines of the jewellery now curving, now waving and sometimes stublike extensions like the branches of coral further emphasize the seaworld.

Massimo’s other passions are theatrical masks and old coins – the Greeks were particularly known for their coins - which are both inspiration and motifs in his creations. In fact he has designed several coins in gold and silver including the "Coin of Archimedes," presented in 1990 to the internationally renowned French choreographer Lucia Latour; and the "Papal Coins" which were gifted by the city of Syracuse to the Holy Father (C. Wojtyla); and commemorative coins for classical performances at the Greek Theatre of Syracuse, resuming a tradition abandoned for years, in 1996 and 2004. Since 1995, he has been commissioned to create the Theatre Award named "Pippo Fava”.

Over the years, Massimo has gathered an eclectic clientele, including both public and private companies. It includes administrations and governments like in the instances above; he has created one-of-a-kind pieces to celebrate Mexico's Bicentennial in 2010; he has designed jewellery for movies like Malena; and of course has a host of celebrity clients including the Viceroy of Afghanistan, the Swedish Royal Family, movie stars such as Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, and other dignitaries from Asia. He also works on projects for premier design jewellery brands like Bulgari, as well as other houses such as Ferrari. For the opening of Max Mara’s show-room on Old Bond Street, London, Massimo presented his collection in collaboration with them.

His total dedication and passion for his work is evident from the manner in which he approaches it. For example, his method of working on the Mexico Bicentennial exhibition, for which he designed over 300 pieces, including tie clips, brooches, cuff links and pendants made entirely of gold with inlays of diamonds, fashioned with recognizable Mexican motifs. In order to prepare for it, he spent over six months in Mexico studying the culture and coming up with ideas. As a result, the national shield (the eagle and the snake), and the Angel of Independence were integrated as central motifs in the exclusive collection that was designed.

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patrizia agricola
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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