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Velathri Art Gallery and Cum Quibus Restaurant combine culinary and contemporary art


Velathri Art Gallery and Cum Quibus Restaurant present an extraordinary collaboration, combining contemporary art with culinary art, in the historic town of San Gimignano.

Femme Sublime is curated by the Vitalita Association in collaboration with Velathri Art Gallery and coordinated in the course of the exhibition dedicated to femininity:  [Onna], a show programmed for the Pignano Art Gallery of the Borgo Pignano and at the Palazzo Priori in Volterra.


The exhibition space is in the Michelin star awarded restaurant, Femme Sublime featuring a solo show of the Tuscan artist Fabio Calvetti. This collection of works is a story of feminine introspection plucked from time and space, creating an atmosphere of intimacy, depth and wistful reflection. Its a journey into the private world of contemporary femininity, caught in that intimate moment withdrawn from the surrounding chaos, where the more inward and vulnerable qualities of woman are expressed in settings of engaging urbanity or retro styled drawing rooms.

blankMeet the Artist Fabio Calvetti

Fabio Calvetti was born in 1956 in Certaldo, situated close to Florence, where he lives and works. He is a member of the New Italian Figuration. His work represents the waiting, the absence and the silences of the soul, empty spaces filled with questions. A wistful woman is often the protagonist, positioned alone in interiors of houses and bars, suspended in timelessness. Sometimes the environment itself takes the lead with a glimpse of an interior or an urban setting at night.

Fabio Calvetti is a graduate of the Art Institute and the School of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. His work has been exhibited world wide, from Japan to the United States and Canada, in solo and group exhibitions. He frequently participates in major international art fairs. In 1995 he held a painting internship at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Le Port on the Island of Réunion. His work communicates an atmosphere of suspension, in contrast to the frenzy of modern life. This is even more evident in his latest work, where he moves outdoors and focuses on metropolitan views and industrial suburbs during the silence of the night.

blankAbout the restaurant Cum Quibus

Cum Quibus was founded in 2005 in San Gimignano by the Di Paolantonio family with the mission to introduce quality cuisine to this Tuscan town. A goal assured of success with the appointment of a young chef named Albert Sparacino, who was born in nearby Colle Val d’Elsa bringing with him his experience having worked at Arnolfo di Gaetano Trovato and the valuable experience he gained at the three Michelin Stars, Daniel Bouloud in New York’s Manhattan.

Located on a street, off the tourist track, Cum Quibus is both eclectic and classic “Tuscan”. The restaurant won a Michelin Star in 2017. All its thirty young professionals work towards the same goal: excellence.

blankMeet the Chef Alberto Sparacino

Alberto Sparacino, was born in 1984 in Colle Val d’Elsa, close to Siena. After a training as a surveyor, he discovered his passion for cooking and started to work during the summer seasons in restaurants, importantly at the Restaurant Cardinale in Colle Val d’Elsa, flanking Chef Franco Sangiacomo. At 21, having abandoned his studies in Engineering, he dedicated himself to the culinary arts becoming part of Chef Gaetano Trovato’s team at Restaurant Arnolfo, where he worked for three years and where his longlasting friendship with Matteo Lorenzin began.

Following this and thanks to Sangiacomo, he gained a place in the kitchen of Barone Ricasoli, at Castello di Brolio, which he guided for four years and which gave him the chance to gain experience abroad, especially important at Daniel Bouloud in Manhattan where the French approach and oriental influences would be crucial for his future. After a time working in the Colombaio in Casole d’Elsa, he met Lorenzo Di Paolantonio which marked the beginning of the extraordinary evolution of one of the most prestigious restaurants in the Medieval ‘Manhattan’, honoured last November with the award of the Michelin Star.

 Velathri Art Gallery, Vitalità Cultural Association & Cum Quibus Restaurant present an art exhibition:

Dates: MARCH through – JULY
Cum Quibus Restaurant
Via San Martino, 17
San Gimignano
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