Painter (* 22.3.1854 Torino † 23.6.1895 Ligornetto/TI)
Only son of the sculptor Vincenzo Vela and of Sabina Dragoni. Painter of genre pictures, figures and landscapes. Although fascinated by the scientific disciplines, he was «naturally» drawn to artistic studies while attending the Brera Academy in Milan, where his masters were Giuseppe Bertini, Eleuterio Pagliano and Mosè Bianchi.
A talented artist and sensitive draughtsman, Spartaco never achieved the fame of his artist friends of his own generation. In accordance with his father's last wishes, he bequeathed to the Swiss Confederation the villa at Ligornetto and all the collections in it, as well as works kept in his own house in Milan.