Pino Daeni was born in Bari, Italy, 1939. As an Italian artist, his art and 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. Pino 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.
He was trained in Italy at the Art Institute of Bari and later entered the Academy of Brera in Milan, in 1960. It was here at the 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 Macchiaioli. 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, Mondadori and Rizzoli, for book illustrations. However, Pino felt restricted in Milan. After establishing himself as a successful artist in his native land, Pino immigrated to the United States in 1979 under the sponsorship of Borghi Gallery, seeking more artistic freedom and opportunity.
After knocking on many doors, Zebra Books Publishers commissioned him to do his first book cover in 1980. 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. To date, Pino has illustrated 3,000 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 Soralla, Sargent, Benson and William Merrit Chase. 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 commissions to do portraits.
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 giclées are sought-after by collectors throughout the art world.