Beyond the Romance Cover - Vidan Art in Galleries

The name of famed international artist Vidanmay have first emerged in the public consciousness through his work as an illustrator of romance novel covers, but in the past eight years, he has become equally famous as a gallery artist creating landscapes that have become a must-have for serious collectors.

An Amazing Transition

Vidan's transition from cover illustrator to sought-after artist for galleries and the art-collecting public follows an inspirational path that begins in his hometown of Perugia, Italy, a picturesque town resting between Florence and Rome. It was there that Vidan first displayed his talent for painting, earning praise from his teachers and recommendations that his parents consider enrolling him in an art school to refine his skills.

Despite their initial reluctance, Vidan’s parents encouraged his artistic talents and allowed him to enroll in the finest art schools in Italy, such as the famed Liceo Artistico di Milano and Brera’s Accademia delle Belle Arti. But one of the biggest influences of Vidan’s art career was his uncle, artist Pino Daeni, renowned in his own right and whose work helped shape Vidan’s future artistic vision.

Vidan Artwork - Depicting the Female Form

It was his skill at depicting the female form and his deft touch at using the interplay of darkness and light that made artist Vidan a successful illustrator. His distinctive style, one that emphasized the sensuous nature of the human (primarily female) form, made him a much-in-demand illustrator of romance novel covers. His work soon adorned the covers of the major romance novel publishers including Harlequin, Doubleday and Harper-Collins and his career path seemed etched in stone.

The Vidan style is unmistakable. His cover work features women in various states of dress, but each with their own particular look and emotion. A down-turned face leaves the image open to the imagination of the viewer – Sadness or contemplation? Hopefulness or acceptance?

Moving into the Landscape Painting

But Vidan longed for more and once again found inspiration from his uncle, Pino, who by this time had established himself in America as a star of the galleries. The two had been working in the same studio, side by side, and Vidan began to gradually make the move into the landscape-painting medium.

His decision proved to be the right one as his paintings of fields and other pastoral scenes brought him to the attention of gallery owners and the art-buying public. It was a dramatic turn for Vidan, who had been known only for his portraits and romance covers for more than 20 years. Even more impressive, the transition had been made without Vidan sacrificing his distinctive style – the striking use of colors to create subtle or dramatic changes in lighting and gentle brush stokes that nonetheless created striking images that conveyed emotions.

Today, Vidan continues to work with a foot planted firmly in both worlds. He continues to produce some of the most popular covers for romance novels in the genre while his landscapes not only hang in galleries around the world, but also have been produced for books and numbered limited editions.

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love art especially painting. I had never about Vidanmay. But I really enjoy this hub. He is very talented artist. Good to know him through this hub. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much Prasetio! Thrilled to have introduced you to Vidan's artwork and that you enjoyed the hub!

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ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

Beautiful work!

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