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Bruno Di Maio

by on February 19, 2015

Bruno Di Maio was born in 1944 in Tripoli, Lybia. Currently living in Italy.

Bruno Di Maio was born in 1944 to Italian parents in Tripoli, Lybia. He now lives and works in Tuscany, Italy. Bruno has worked many years in the fine art restoration field, acquiring a prodigious technical ability. His work reflects his great love for renaissance painting, yet at the same time a strong desire for expressive autonomy. The originality of his vision is seen in the sumptuous subject matter, the dramatic light effects on the figures and objects in his paintings. His work is happy, carnal, rich in color and vibrant with light. In addition to painting, his artistic training extends to sculpture, engraving, watercolors as astounding Trompe L’oeil mural paintings. His work can be found in private and public collections in Europe, Japan, Australia and in the United States.

“I was born in North Africa to Italian parents who were among the first ‘farmers’ of that land.  I started with colored pencils early on; it was my only fun in the sunny loneliness of that great farm.  A long illness struck and I was bedridden.  I developed a passion for reading and had the need to represent my friends with my colored pencil drawings. This and the African sun propelled me toward Art. I attended the Art Institute in Perugia and Rome and worked in the antiquarian environment of the Capital. Among Piazza de Spagna, via Margutta and via del Babuino, in the ideal quadrilateral of the art, I worked as a restorer beside the best teachers of the era, including Pico Cellini.  It was there that I started to know and deeply love great paintings.  I learned from gilders, carvers, cabinetmakers; never forgetting to see the world with the marveling eyes of a child and to represent it with the skill of a good artisan.  Since I have never found a satisfactory definition of ‘Art’, rather than consider myself an ‘Artist’, I prefer to call myself what I am in reality, a painter.” – Bruno di Maio.


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