|Alfonso Graffeo is a craftsman with a passion to capture the intrinsic sculptural beauty of coral. He was born in Sciacca in 1960. He is one of few remaining persons to work with coral in his place of birth. As a teenager he spent time in his father's workshop learning the art of coral sculpture. Upon graduation from high school, he focused his attention on coral craft and precious metals design. He attended courses of professional specialization in Trapani, where he also taught. In 1990 he decided, with his wife Giusi Damiano, a jewelry designer, to open their retail shop-cum-workshop, "Coral and Precious Things." He has participated in several exhibitions and events both domestic and foreign. He has a great fascination for the ancient art of jewelry and this has inspired him to study the restoration of jewelry, silver and ancient coral.
The secret of his creations is the way he turns branches of coral into a variety of original sculptures, expressing his craftsmanship through experimenting with new materials, combining the innate beauty of the coral with creative imagination. His products are a fusion of ancient and modern art!
Giusi Damiano was born in Trapani. She took to design from childhood and discovered that she possessed talent in both dexterity and creative ability.