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 Guiseppe D'Angelico Pino  (1939 - 2010)

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Lived/Active: New Jersey/New York/South Carolina / Italy      Known for: romance novel illustrations, figure and floral painting

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Pino (1931-2010)

Pino, born Guiseppe D'angelico in Bari, Italy on November 8, 1939, became one of the foremost book cover illustrators (over 1600) in the United States before establishing a reputation as a fine-art figure and landscape painter.

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, Pino's work appeared in several major exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe.  Pino was also commissioned by Italy's two largest publisher's, Mondadori and Rizzoli, for book illustrations.  However, Pino felt restricted in Milan, and seeking more artistic freedom, he emigrated in 1970 to the United States under the sponsorship of Borghi Gallery, where he held several shows in New York and Massachusetts.

However, his early life in America was a struggle because his sponsorship barely allowed him to feed his family; his English was limited and his means of transportation was a bicycle.  After knocking on many doors, in February of 1980, he was offered a job of doing a book cover by personnel of "Zebra Books Publishers". He received praise for an interpretation that 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.

In 1993, Pino contacted a major gallery.  He sent out five paintings, which were well received, launching him into a new arena. Pino finally found the freedom he always desired; to explore the profundity of his talents without restraint and since then has been producing works of a highly romantic nature with a unique and innovative touch.

Exploring the depths of his experiences, he puts on canvas subjects that embody life's simple pleasures. These works have a veil of nostalgia and the characters have subtle suggestions of complexity. Dressed in soft flowing fabrics, the colors of their garments in relation to the sea, sand, sky and sun elicit feelings of warmth, a perception of preciousness and a notion of an uncomplicated world. Reminiscent of his childhood environment, Pino's paintings are generally set in coastal, sunny and vibrantly floral places.

He used a colorful pallet to create tender pleasurable feelings and to stir sensual responses.

Sources include:
Southwest Art, November 2002
E.S. Lawrence Gallery

Added note:
Pino passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2010.

Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, V:
Pino Dangelico, born Giuseppe Dangelico, in Italy, on November 8, 1939.

He trained 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.

After establishing himself as a successful artist in his native land, Pino decided to immigrate to the United States, where he felt he would have more artistic freedom and opportunity. He was soon discovered be the distinguished Borghi Gallery, which gave several prestigious exhibitions for him in New York and Boston.

His 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 Books 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 of Romance novels. 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 has illustrated 3,000 books; his style has dominated and influenced the market.

Pino’s technique, his warm and exciting colors and the subtle, but simple approach to his subject, are his trademark, his talent, and the reasons why his paintings and limited editions are in growing demand throughout the United States, and appreciated by collectors throughout the world. Always underlining his success as a commercial artist, was his desire to express his own thoughts and emotions.

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

Although Pino devoted thirteen years to illustrating book covers, he never abandoned his desire to return to fine art. In the United States be became fascinated with the works of Soralla, Sargent, Benson and William Merrit Chase.

Source: Pino Gallery LLC 2010 (http://www.pinogallery.com/content.html?page=1)

Biography from Morris & Whiteside Galleries:
Born on the cusp of a defining war in Europe, Pino Dangelico had a childhood of visual memories that were of those women left behind to keep the home fires burning.  His mother, aunts, grandmothers, and cousins became a universe of attractive Italian women in aprons maintaining domestic tranquility in very uncetain times.  Bathed in the Adratic light of his native Bari, these figures would later infuse the romantic canvases of Pino.

Growing up with the faded glories of Renaissance art and architecture at his doorstep Pino was in tune with the energies of a new era and, despite his growing reputation for illustrtion in Europe, he wanted to be closer to New Yor, the dynamic art center of the world.  He also wanted to release his art from the restrictions of others and be free to explore new avenues that had been opened by the abstract expressionists of the late 1940's and early 1950's.

A visit to Manhattan in 1971 exposed Pino to the exciting synergy of the United States and the museums of New York opened his eyes to the rich history of figure painting in America.  In 1978 he returned with his wife Chiara, seven year old daughter, Paola, and five year old son, Massimo.  Pino soon became one of the highest paid American illustrators with over 3,000 book covers, movie posters, and magazine illustrations to his credit. 

Eager to leave illustration behind and to begin streching the envelope of fine arts with his figural concepts and brushwork, Pino began showing his canvases to galleries in 1994.

His signature work is feminine, ephemeral forms of flesh whose light and shadow suggest depth and mystery.  They are contrasted with passages of rich, textured color in compositions that are as much about how the the artists feels as what he sees.  It is this subjective illusion of space juxtaposed with an abstract acceptance of the painting's flat surface that sets Pino's work apart from other artists.  It is his introduction of non-objective and seemingly contradictory elements into old and proven formulas with which he intends to give his viewers fresh and exciting new experiences.

Biography from J Watson Fine Art:
Italian artist, his art and 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. 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'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.

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.

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.

Biography from PINOART.COM The Official Pino Estate:
Pino was born in Bari, Italy. Trained at the Art Institute of Bari and later at Milan's Academy of Brera, Pino perfected his skills painting nudes and figures heavily influenced by the Pre- Raphaelites and Macchiaioli.

After establishing himself as a successful artist in his native land, Pino decided to immigrate to the United States in search of further artistic freedom and opportunity. He was soon discovered by the distinguished Borghi Gallery, which held several prestigious exhibitions of his work in Boston and New York.

Pino's early paintings, featuring soft, romantic characters, caught the attention of several major book publishers. Over the next two decades, Pino's oeurve was marked by hundreds of book covers painted for popular romance novels written by Danielle Steele, Sylvie Summerfield and Amanda Ashley.

Pino's unmistakable canvases elicit feelings of warmth, nostalgia, love and family. The delicately conveyed moments in time are the vision of his alter ego - a young boy surrounded by beautiful women (with his sisters, aunts and cousins serving as inspiration).

His rich and vibrant work closely mirrored his personality. Pino's technique - founded by warm and exciting colors and a subtle approach to his subjects - is his trademark.

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Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Pino D'angelico began his art studies at the Art Institute in Bari, Italy.  In 1960 he entered Milan’s Academy of Brea, where he perfected his talent and skill for painting nudes.  Deeply inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painters, he also experimented with the Expressionism of the late 1960’s.  Over the next several years, his work received critical acclaim in major exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe.

In 1979 he immigrated to the United States and became one of the most sought after book cover illustrators in the world.  Although he devoted thirteen years to his illustration career, he never abandoned his desire to return to fine art.

Referring to himself as a psychological expressionist, Pino’s brushwork combines elements of academic, impressionistic, and abstract painting techniques, revealing aspects of the artist and the human condition.  In addition to his gallery shows, Pino exhibits with Prix De West show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Masters of the American West show at the Gene Autry Museum in Los Angeles.  A book on his work and career was recently published, titled Pino: Contemporary Realism.


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