(1939 – 2010)
Prices range from $1,150 to $4,000
Pino, born in the South of Italy, grew up during World War II, in the care of the remaining matriarchal society. The memories of these formative years would be the sustenance of his life’s work as a fine art painter. These masterful paintings, evocative of his deep respect and appreciation for women, have been collected by fans and peers, alike. Our favorite story took place at the Prix de West Art Show and Sale. A draw was held, for the privilege of buying the Pino original. It was the great Howard Terpning who, against all rules, stacked the ballot box in order to secure the coveted Pino painting. It was a turning point for the figurative painter. Up until 2008, Pino accepted portrait commissions for the individual and for entire families, saying he enjoyed the challenge of capturing a person’s true essence. These masterpieces remain, as testimonies to the very intimate relationship between artist and subject. The world is richer for his great contribution, and Pino will be missed by all.
Pino, born Giuseppe Dangelicoin Bari in 1939, began his studies at the City’s Art Institute. In 1960 he entered Milan’s Academy of Brera where he perfected his talent and skill for painting nudes. In the two years he studied at the Academy, he came under the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites and Macchiaiolo. Pino also experimented with Expressionism of the late sixties during his stay in Milan.
From 1960 to 1979 his work appeared in several major exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe. At the same time, he was commissioned by Italy’s two largest publishers, Mondador and Rizzoli, for book Illustrations. However, Pino felt restricted in Milan, he wanted more artistic freedom, which he believed existed in the United States.
In 1979 he emigrated to the USA under the sponsorship of Borghi Gallery where he held several shows in New York and Massachusetts. In 1980, after knocking on many doors, Zebra Book Publishers commissioned him to do his first book cover. His interpretation was new, fresh and sensual, an illustration so successful that he gained entry into creative relationships with many leading publishers and romantic novels. His popularity grew within the literary community and he became the Artist-in-demand for Zebra, Bantam, Simon & Schuster, Harlequin, Penguin USA and Dell. To date, Pino has illustrated 3000 books; his style has dominated and influenced the market.
Although Pino devoted thirteen years to illustrating book covers, he never abandoned his desire to return to fine art. In the United States, he became fascinated with the works of Sorolla, Sargent, Arizona and the May Gallery, and sent it five paintings which were well received. Since then his paintings have appeared in several major American Galleries. Pino has been invited to make several appearances on major TV networks and has been interviewed in national and international journals. In addition, his ability to capture the movements and expressions of his subjects has brought him private portrait commissions.
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