Arte Nostra is a trade brand offering unique artworks from Sicily.

We are a Berlin based start up, that was founded by Vito Salvatore Failla in 2019. Behind Vito is a network of friends, family, art galleries and artists from the wonderful and culture rich Italian island of Sicily.

An artwork from Sicily will bring this special atmosphere into every home. If you have been to Sicily, you know the kind of magic and rich culture we are talking about. As the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian region Sicily is home to the active Vulkano Etna, who at times spits dust, flames and lava onto this beautiful piece of land. Like Etna’s lava floating onto Sicily’s territory, blood has been shed for thousands of years when empires tried to occupy Sicily as the geo-strategic position to control the Mediterranean Sea.

The earliest archaeological evidence of human activity on the island dates from as early as 12,000 BC. By around 750 BC, Sicily had three Phoenician and a dozen Greek colonies and was later the site of the Sicilian and the Punic Wars.

After the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, Sicily experienced many different rulers. Sicily was then unified until it finally became part of Italy in 1860 following the Expedition of the Thousand, a revolt led by Giuseppe Garibaldi. Sicily was given special status as an autonomous region on 15 May 1946, 18 days before the Italian constitutional referendum.

No matter where in the world, artists have always conveyed their thoughts, feelings and beliefs through their unique form of expression.

Sicily and its people have been shaped for tens of thousands of years by cultures that have tried to control, colonize or take possession of this magnificent land. This is rooted in the rich and unique culture of Sicily and has inspired many artists, musicians, writers and cooks as well as architects. Through these different fields, we can experience the vibrant culture today. By eating the delicious dishes, visiting one of the archaeological and ancient sites (,such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples, Erice and Selinunte) or reading the literature, everyone can experience this culture.

But the most powerful medium to illuminate your daily lives and enrich your emotions is art. So if you feel moved by the Mediterranean history and way of life, you must get an artwork from a Sicilian Artist to bring a piece of the culture in your home.

Name any country in the world, artistic expression has emerged to provide an outlet for thoughts, feelings, traditions, and beliefs. Art can be both rooted in history and a catalyst for change in a culture.

As you can see, Sicily and its people have been shaped for tens of thousands of years by cultures that have tried to control, colonize or take possession of this gorgeous land. Due to this fact, Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. It is also home to important archaeological and ancient sites, such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples, Erice and Selinunte.

When we talk about the value of arts from Sicily and its culture to society, we always start with its intrinsic value: how arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world.

If you feel moved by Mediterranean history you must get a piece of Art from a Sicilian Artist, as an descendent of this unique culture in the middle of the European world as we know it.

Our Team

Salvatore

Head of Sales

Marco

Operations Sicily