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Joe Anastasio, born in Sicily, gives us a pictorial reflection of his native island like no other. His body of work shows a tremendous love for and understanding of his land. Using multimedia materials, he accurately depicts the picturesque and the symbolical with gentleness, grace and passion. Almost all of his works are painted on ceramic tiles, illustrating scenes of Sicily with its beautiful landscapes, its people, its villages, and most of all, the sea and the unforgettable sunsets. In his landscapes, you will find monuments from the ancient Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, and Normans. All of these people left a legacy of their cultures to Sicily and the Aeolian islands. Sicily, a Millennium land, is bathed in mystery. Joe Anastasio delights in painting these landscapes with their endless contrasts between the land and the sea. He captures the tropical vegetation where the prickly pears grow wild among the rocks. His street market scenes with their endless displays of fruits and vegetables, all products of the island, are breath-taking. Many of his paintings depict the people of the land and their many trades. Through his art, Joe Anastasio shows us the Sicily that he will never forget and never stop loving.


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