NEW YORK — Central casting couldn’t have wrangled a more well-suited artist to hang his work in a Dolce & Gabbana boutique than Marco Perego. After all, the 26-year-old Italian embodies the major qualities for which the brand is best known. He’s a bit of a rogue (having played soccer for the rowdy Venice team), and is smolderingly sexy, with a Fabio-like mane that lends him that touch of Italian flamboyance.

Beginning today, Perego’s equally provocative neon paintings will hang in the Dolce & Gabbana store on Madison Avenue for the street’s “Where Fashion Meets Art” event. Not bad for someone who picked up a paintbrush only a year ago, without any prior training, after an injury sidelined him from sports. Even he acknowledges the ease of his success.”My life is a fairy tale,” he admits.

Indeed, like a fashionable fairy godfather, Stefano Gabbana spotted Perego’s work in Milan last year and plucked him from obscurity by scooping up a number of his pieces and commissioning a portrait, which was completed last month.

“His paintings transmit happiness and have a spontaneous feeling,” says Gabbana, who lent works from his personal collection for the exhibit. “I personally feel Marco has a lot of talent.”

Still, the artist, who moved to New York in September, remains relatively unknown in the States. Perego’s hoping this show will change that and will attract attention from the galleries here. “New York is the dream city where everything is possible,” he says optimistically.

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