It is quite significant that in the town of Linguaglossa have worked two artists so different on many figurative fronts such as Francesco Messina (1900-1995) and Salvatore Incorpora (1920-2010), born in Calabria Gioiosa Ionica, but active here at the foot of Etna . The two were not meant to like each other but turned out to be complementary, since the first Francesco Messina examined the size of Apollonian beauty and its impact on religiousness. The second artist Salvatore Incorpora is a civil painter interested in the concreteness of men, that must withstand difficult times and be in a constant drive to assert their dignity and their presence in the course of history. In this sense, Salvatore Incorpora is a painter who has more affinity with Renato Guttuso, even if his paintings are more essential with expressive temptations that borders on the abstract.

Salvatore Incorpora is a versatile artist whose figurative research is oriented in three directions: the painting refers to a neo-expressionist pattern; the sculpture, which, after the beginning of the inevitable academic purity, is characterized by an intense and dramatic figuration; the applied arts, where he reaches the most suggesting and brilliant results.

It is on the fertile soil of popular traditions that the artist Salvatore Incorpora gave shape to the nativity scenes and the magic boxes, which show, vividly recreated, a miniature of Sicily, becoming the ideal place to set a Nativity or the escape to Egypt.

During his long career as a nineties artist, Incorpora always acted consistently.

While stimulated by many models, it is clear his loyalty to a figure that could be defined problematic, for the reason is not realist or neo-realist, but is influenced by the research of the art in the twentieth century, that obviously he knew and followed with intelligence and critical sensibility. Therefore, you are welcome in Linguaglossa not only for the works of Francesco Messina, but also to appreciate the art of Salvatore Incorpora, which made Linguaglossa a small Art capital City of the twentieth century.

Vittorio Sgarbi