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Pino Daeni | Romantic painter

Pino Daeni (November 8, 1939 - May 25, 2010) was an Italian / American book illustrator and painter.
He is known for his style of feminine, romantic women and strong men painted with loose but accurate brushwork.
Considered one of the highest paid book illustrators of his time, he created over 3.000 book covers, movie posters and magazine illustrations.

Born Giuseppe Dangelico Daeni in Bari, Italy, in November 8, 1939, his talents were recognized by his first grade teacher, who advised Pino's father, Tommaso D'Angelico, to encourage his son's artistic precociousness. However, Tommaso remained skeptical of his son's future as an artist.

He was a self-taught artist. Eventually, Pino enrolled at the Art Institute of Bari, then went on to Milan’s Academy of Brera in 1960, where he honed his craft for painting from the live figure.
From 1960-1979, his work garnered several prizes and awards. During this period, he was commissioned by two of Italy's largest publishers, Mondadori and Rizzoli, for numerous book illustrations.

After a visit to Manhattan in 1971, Pino's experiences of the art scene at that period led him to feel restricted in Milan, and in 1978, he moved to New York, where he believed the artistic freedom would allow him greater opportunities. He brought with him his family -wife Chiara, seven-year-old daughter Paola, and five-year-old son Massimo.

Under the sponsorship of the Borghi Gallery, he held several shows in New York and Massachusetts.
His work caught the attention of both Dell and Zebra Book Publishers, and soon after, Bantam, Simon and Schuster, Penguin USA, Dell, and Harlequin.
His romance novel covers, painted for such authors as Danielle Steel, Sylvie Summerfield and Amanda Ashley, helped sell millions of books using a then unknown fellow Milanese Italian model named Fabio.

By the end of his career, he had designed about 3,000 book covers.
In 1992, Pino felt the strain of tight deadlines. Eager to leave illustration behind to return to his impressionist revival painting, he contacted one of the major galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona and sent five paintings, which were well received.

From then on, his paintings appeared in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and in Garden City, Long Island NY. Pino made several appearances on major TV networks, and was interviewed in national and international journals.
In 2001, Pino's son, Massimo, began representing his artist-father, despite Pino's initial reluctance. Massimo, more known as Max, successfully grew his efforts into a profitable marketing company, helping his father expand beyond his normal gallery representation to include magazines and books.

His work continues to appear in art galleries all over the world, and his giclée prints sell into the thousands of dollars.
On May 25, 2010, Pino died at the age of 70 due to cancer.


Pino was deeply influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and Macchiaioli, and after experimenting with Expressionism, he returned to his Impressionist roots. He found inspiration in the works of such artists as Sargent, Sorolla, and Boldini.


His subject matter often revolves around sensuous women in beaches and boudoir settings indoors in tetradic color schemes that evoke the 19th century with women that are beautiful yet confident. Pino painted with oils on linen.
His trademark brushwork is characterized by softly lit females painted with smooth greenish shadows and distinctive, thick pastel-tinted highlights, often with vibrant colored dresses and backgrounds. Noted for his ability to capture fleeting expressions and movement, his women are often lost in thought or waiting for their lovers.

Pino Daeni, pittore Italiano🎨, nato Giuseppe d'Angelico a Bari, iniziò i studi presso l'istituto d'arte della città. Nel 1960 è entrato all'Accademia di Brera di Milano dove ha perfezionato il suo talento e la sua abilità nella pittura della figura.
Dal 1960-1979 i suoi lavori sono comparsi in alcune importanti mostre in tutta Italia ed in Europa e, nello stesso periodo, due grossi editori italiani, Mondadori e Rizzoli, gli hanno commissionato numerose illustrazioni per copertine di libri.
Tuttavia, Pino Daeni si è sentito limitato a Milano, voleva la libertà artistica che credeva esistesse negli Stati Uniti, e così nel 1979 vi è emigrato sotto il patrocinio della Galleria Borghi.
Nel 1980, dopo aver bussato a molte porte, la Zebra Books Editori gli ha commissionato la sua prima copertina.

La sua interpretazione, nuova, fresca e sensuale, ha avuto così tanto successo da fargli guadagnare un'enorme popolarità in seno alla comunità letteraria.
E' così diventato l'artista più richiesto da Zebra, Bantam, Simon e Schuster, Harlequin, Penguin USA e Dell.
Pino Daeni ha illustrato le copertine di 3.000 libri: il suo stile ha letteralmente dominato ed influenzato il mercato.
Anche se ha dedicato tredici anni ad illustrare copertine, Pino Daeni non ha mai abbandonato il suo desiderio di tornare alle belle arti.
Nel 1992 ha contattato una delle gallerie più importanti a Scottsdale, in Arizona, e ha inviato cinque dipinti che sono stati ben accolti. Da allora sue opere sono apparse in numerose gallerie statunitensi ed è apparso su importanti riviste nazionali ed internazionali.