Valentino Monticello has three passions: wine, opera, and art. An exceptional talent, Monticello cuts and shapes his favourite wine labels into unique artworks. He combines an in-depth knowledge of opera and an appreciation of world-class wines. The resulting collages defy belief, when one witnesses the attention to detail which is involved in their creation.
The starting point for each collage is an operatic scene about wine. The artist selects wine labels from the country where the opera is set. After he cuts them into figures and shapes and styles them into a composition that also reflects the opera’s country of origin. Most scenes are copied from the designs of 11 different Opera houses. No painting or drawing is involved in Monticello’s collages. The results are both theatrical and multi-faceted.
Monticello has drawn and painted since he was a child . It was while working as Head Sommelier that he focused his artistic endeavours upon opera and wine-themed collages. As a sommelier, Monticello had started to collect the labels of wine bottles, as a memento of his favourite wines. This collection inspired him to publish a book about wine, opera and his collages.