Life and works
Domenico Brizi (b. 1925), who lives in this community, worked in agriculture and had a job in Rome, some 90 km south of Piansano.
He has a house in the centre of the community, but owns a vegetable garden at its outskirts.
The story says, that one day when he was working in his garden, Brizi was overcome by a big rainstorm which made him take refuge in the storage of his gardening tools.
This storage was kind of a cave with tuve walls. To kill time Brizi began making a decoration in a wall, resulting in a depiction of a donkey.
The story doesn't say in what year this happened, but I suppose it took place when Brizi was already retired, so probably in the late eighties, early nineties.
In any case, this event encouraged him to go on with creative activities, manifested in various ways.
He made contructs such as a small fountain, decorated with shells and blue enamel, equipped with a crocodile producing a stream of water and a mermaid enjoying this stream.
Sort of a little story..... an approach that also can be found in his multicolored frescoes: Bacchus pours wine, drunk by a beautiful lady....
Brizi has been making polychrome wooden sculptures too, as in above picture.
In the course of the years, the number of creations has greatly increased and the cave became crowded with his artworks. It's state however is fragile, because of dripping water and works on the nearby main road.
Brizi, who some years ago became a widower, currently (2014) is in his late eighties and I have no information if he still receives visitors.
* Article (in Italian) on Canino.info, portale culturale della Tuscia (undated, around 2003?)
* Entry on website Costruttori di Babele (added around 2013, in Ialian and French)
* Entry on Facebook by Pavel Konečný (in english), sept 2013
Piansano, Viterbo, IT