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Pino (Giuseppe Dangelico) Daeni

by on January 22, 2013

‘Pino’, Guiseppe Dangelico ‘Daeni’ deceased
(November 8,1939 – May 25, 2010)


NOTE: IMAGES SHOWN ARE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS WHICH WERE PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST DURING HIS LIFE.  PINO DELIVERED THESE PAINTINGS PERSONALLY TO OUR GALLERY. CERTIFICATES OF AUTHENTICITY ACCOMPANY EACH PAINTING.

‘Pino’, born Guiseppe Dangelico, ‘Daeni’ in Bari Italy on November 8, 1939, began his studies at the city’s Art Institute. In 1960 he entered Milan’s Academy of Brera where he perfected his talent for painting nudes. In the two years he studied at the Academy, he came under the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites and Macchiaioli. From 1960 to 1979, his work appeared in several major exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe. He was also commissioned by Italy’s two largest publisher’s, Mondadori and Rizzoli, for book illustrations. However, he felt restricted in Milan. He wanted more artistic freedom, which he believed he could find in the United States.  November 8, 1939, began his studies

In 1979 he emigrated to the United States under the sponsorship of Borghi Gallery, where he held several shows in New York and Massachusetts. His struggle here became the greatest of his life. His sponsorship barely allowed him to feed his family. His English was limited and his means of transportation was a bicycle. He then sold his original oil paintings directly to Arnot Gallery in New York City. All paintings in the Arnot Gallery collection were purchased directly from the artist, who also delivered them to Arnot Gallery personally. He began painting lovely oil paintings of children and adults. In February of 1980, “Zebra Books Publishers” promised him a job, commissioning him to do a book cover.

His interpretation was new, fresh and sensual. Stylistically, he brought the characters into the foreground where his technique and talent for painting the anatomy was celebrated. His illustrations were so successful that he gained entrée into creative relationships with many leading publishers of romance novels. His popularity grew within the literary community and he became the artist-in-demand for Zebra, Bantam, Simon and Schuster, Harlequin, Penguin USA and Dell. From 1980 to 1993 he dedicated himself totally to this art where his style dominated and influenced the market. His illustrations combined elements fresh from Europe with a powerful sensuality, bringing this medium to new heights.

Although Pino devoted 13 years to illustrating book covers, he never abandoned his desire to return to fine art. His desire to create pieces that emerge free from outside restrictions motivated him to find the time to devote himself to fine art again.


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