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28 July 2011


Art4Good ~ Pino

by Tracie Koziura

Best Friends by PinoPino Daeni was born Giuseppe Dangelico on November 8th 1939 in Bari, Italy and was noted for his exceptional ability to capture the movements and expressions of his subjects - a talent which brought his artwork a worldwide following and private portrait commissions.

Trained in Italy at the Art institute of Bari, and later at Milan's Academy of Brera, Pino perfected his skills painting nudes and figure studies heavily influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and Macchiaioli.

In 1978, after establishing himself as a successful artist in his native land, Pino moved to New York with his wife Chiara, seven-year old daughter Paola, and five-year old son, Massimo, where he believed the artistic freedom would allow him greater opportunities. He was soon discovered by the distinguished Borghi Gallery, which gave several exhibitions for him in New York and Boston. Pino was invited to make several appearances on major TV networks and was also interviewed in national and international journals.

Pino's early paintings featured soft romantic characters mostly women dressed in flowing skirts and dresses and these caught the attention of both Dell and Zebra Book Publishers. In 1980 Zebra commissioned him to do his first book cover. His popularity grew within the literary community and he became the artist-in-demand for Zebra, Bantam, Simon, and Schuster, Harlequin, Penquin USA and Dell. Pino illustrated more than 3,000 books and his style dominated the market.

During the following two decades, his Romance Period, Pino's substantial body of work was marked by hundreds of book covers painted for artists such as Danielle Steele, Sylvie Summerfield, & Amanda Ashley. Using a then unknown Italian model named Fabio, Pino struck a chord that is still resounding today.

Pino's canvases elicit feelings of warmth, nostalgia, love and family. His paintings are often set on vibrantly sunny beaches on the Mediterranean where he grew up. His alter ego, a young boy surrounded by beautiful women, (his sisters, aunts and cousins), is found in various states of emotion ranging from adoration to isolation. Many of Pino's characters are frequently found inhabiting sensuous boudoirs or dressing rooms, in anticipation of their husband or lovers.

Pino's technique, his warm & exciting colors and the subtle, but simple approach to his subject, were his trademark, his talent, and the reasons why his original paintings, hand-embellished limited edition serigraphs and giclées are now in growing demand and sought-after by collectors throughout the art world, paricularly in the USA and United Kingdom.

Sadly, Pino passed away on 25th May 2010. Once of the finest artists of our generation whose works have touched the heart and soul of so many, Pino was an immense talent who will be greatly missed.

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