Born in 1939, Pino realized hardship early in life. His father was a technician in a local university and life was simple but Pino entertained himself as a young artist. His father encouraged Pino to draw by bringing home books of anatomical illustrations from the University where he worked. Pino's artistic journey began in grade school when his first grade teacher recognized his talents. His father couldn't encourage his gifted son, as he didn't believe he could make a serious career as an artist. Pino's desire and determination preserved, and he left Bari to pursue his artistic spirit in Milan in 1960.
Pino (born Giuseppe Dangelico) is noted for his exceptional ability to capture the movements and expressions of his subjects - a talent which has brought his artwork a worldwide following and private commissions to do portraits. Pino Daeni's art elicits feelings of warmth, nostalgia, love and family. His paintings are often set on vibrantly sunny beaches, typically in the Mediterranean where he grew up. Pino's 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 depicted inhabiting sensuous boudoirs or dressing rooms, in anticipation of their husband or lovers.... more >>
It is fine art, unlike other artistic milieu, that the brush strokes come from the heart rather than the eye, says Pino Dangelico
At 20, Pino spent 2 years studying at the University of Brera drawing and painting nudes, developing his semi-classical style. After his father's death in 1964, Pino became the sole provider for his family copying paintings by the Old Masters and illustrating Western Comics and children's text books on Egyptians and Romans. Still continuing his quest for his own style, he eventually made way to the States and was sponsored by the Borghi Gallery. He continued doing book illustrations and covers for many famous bestsellers, becoming well-known in the publishing business. In 1992, despite his commercial success, he embarked on his fine art career, sending five of his own pieces to the May Gallery in Scottsdale, Az. where his art was well received. His work is now sold in galleries across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
After establishing himself as a successful artist in his native land, Pino immigrated to the United States, seeking more artistic freedom and opportunity. He was soon discovered by the distinguished Borghi Gallery, which gave several exhibitions for him in New York and Boston. 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. To date, Pino has illustrated 3,000 books; his style has dominated the market. Pino’s technique, his warm and exciting colors and the subtle, but simple approach to his subject, are the reasons why his original paintings, his hand-embellished limited edition serigraphs, and his giclées are sought-after by collectors throughout the art world.