Famous Sicilian Artists


Sicily has an extremely long history of raising up incredible artists, sculptors, and painters. It also has an even longer history of contributing to the upbringing of many of the world’s greatest philosophers and so-called ‘thinkers.’

These people have a legacy of making changes so subtle that the world may never know their name as much as they should, or they shake the world with such vigorous creativity that the world is left changed forever. In this list, we will focus on quite a few of both of these kinds of people; the subtle and naive versus the popular and outgoing. Stick around, you might be better and more historically versed for it.

1. Archimedes

Quite a lot of philosophers and historians have known this man’s name throughout the ages. This incredible man was not only a mathematician but a philosopher, engineer, astronomer and a well-rounded genius inventor. He also invented Algebra, so there’s that. What’s both humorous and ironic is the fact that Sir Isaac Newton and Leibniz both argued back and forth for years about which one of THEM (Right?) created it. Now here’s the ironic part; with the help of x-rays, back in 2008, an old scroll was found that proves the widely believed notion that Archimedes literally ‘schooled’ them both by over 2,000 years.

2. Renato Guttuso

From the coastal Sicilian town of Palermo came a famous painter who would eventually leave his very own mark on the world. His name was Renato Guttuso. His most famous painting is named “La Vucciria” and is painted after the La Vucciria market in Sicily, Italy. Big surprise, huh? The name and location? Yeah, me too. Anyway, during the 1950s, the English over in Britain didn’t have any kind of mainstream Italian cuisine. The queen of England had, somehow, literally never heard (in her life) about olive oil or parmesan. How do you live?

3. Empedocles

This famous philosopher was born in Agrigento, which is a town within the borders of Sicily. He was the very first person to coin the four elements as being water, earth, wind, and fire in one singular idea and statement. His thoughts also become the actual foundation of western medicine for over two thousand years. You see, the reason why I say over two thousand years like that is simple. I’m stating it in such a sense like it is to say that the roots of western medicine have changed since then. However, I would like to report that this is just not the case. Instead, it’s because it’s only been 2,000 years since his birth, and we haven’t gone into the future and replaced it with anything yet. Just wanted to clear that up, thanks.

Anyway, he turns out to be wrong. He did have the ultimate track record of curing people during his time, though. It also it turns out that SOME (I say that because not all of his ideas were correct and worked in any sense) of his thoughts helped to stop some plagues, sicknesses, and nationwide epidemics from spreading further than they had. I dare say that we owe this gentleman quite a lot.

Here’s a modern artist – Fulvio Di Piazza: