Emotions Embellish Pino Art

If you have ever seen the cover of a romance novel featuring soft coloring on its female characters in flowing dresses or skirts, you have probably seen Pino art. His art has graced the covers of over 3,000 novels from many of the top publishers, including Bantam, Simon and Schuster, Harlequin and Penguin USA and his artwork has dominated the market since he moved to the United States.

Beginning as a young child Pino Daeni, born Giuseppe Dangelico in Italy, and growing up in the Mediterranean, those sunlit beaches became the background of many of his earliest works. His art depicts the uncanny ability to show motion and elicit emotional responses that brought his art to life and also to world-wide attention.

Despite his father’s reservations about his future as an artist, and with his impressionist influences of Raphael and Macchiaioli, he continued to establish himself as a master of his craft. Although mostly self-taught he did study at the Art Institute of Bari and at the Academy of Brera in Milan. It was there that his nude painting skills evolved and in 1971 got a taste of the art world in the United States during a visit to Manhattan.

Beginning in 1960 thru 1979 he earned numerous awards for his work and Mondadori and Rizzoli, two of Italy’s largest publishers, commissioned him to illustrate books. It was after his visit to the United States and back in Italy he began to miss the freedom of expression he had experienced and in 1978 he moved his wife, daughter and son to New York. Soon after immigrating he was sought out by the Borghi Gallery who sponsored many Pino art shows in New York and Massachusetts and was noticed by romance novel book publishers. As he painted the cover art for novels, he used a then-little known Italian model Fabio for use as the male on many of the covers.

His reputation continued to expand once he was in the United States and he was invited to numerous appearances on television networks and was interviewed for both national and international artist journals. But it wasn’t until his son, Massimo took over representation did his work expand beyond the gallery presentations to include magazine and book illustration.

In 1992 he was beginning to feel the pressure of book publishing deadlines and decided to return to his roots as an impressionist painter. He sent five of his Pino art works to a gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona that served as a springboard to his paintings being viewed in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Garden City, Long Island and many other larger cities throughout the country.

Unfortunately, Pino succumbed to cancer May 25, 2010 at the age of 70 but his work and the inspiration he had on others will continue to thrive. His passion for his family and life was known to all of his friends and his talent remains a focal point for all who knew him. His work had been recognized in his native Italy and again in the United States where his name and art lives on.

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Nice work and well done. This artist represented what a good artist is..one who expresses strong emotions and feelings in his work. Thanks for sharing this wonderful work.


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galaxy1000 4 years ago from Spokane, WA

Sensual but beautiful. Dteamy and nostalgic.


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Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you both whonunuwho and galaxy1000 - I'm glad you enjoyed Pino artwork :)

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