Milazzo captures the everyday life of Puglia in the same way that Grandma Moses captured life in rural America. His characters are depicted doing everyday things--baking bread, having a meal or working in the field. His style is similar to Moses in that the rules of perspective and proportion are pretty much broken, but that's the charm of Primitive Art... it's childlike in its simplicity and colors. In Italian, this style is called L'Arte Naïf, or Naïve Art.
His paintings seem to show a past life, but from what I've seen of life in his Valle d'Itria, he is also capturing the current lifestyle as well. For me, his work speaks of gusto--in the true Italian meaning of the word--to taste life. That's what the Pugliese do every day with their food, their music, The Cheese, The Pasta, The Grape and their great Primativo wines, their love of The Olive and their 2000 year old olive trees, and their smiles. I've never found such warm and genuine smiles as I did in Puglia... something that is also found on the people's faces captured on glass by Milazzo. His paintings are full of life and love of The Life... La Vita Pugliese.
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