Born Guiseppe Dangelico in Bari, Italy on November 8, 1939, the artist now known as Pino 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. During his two years there, the Pre-Raphaelites and Macchiaioli heavily influenced Pino.
From 1960 to 1979, Pino’s work appeared in several major exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe. Italy’s two largest publishers, Mondadori and Rizzoli, also commissioned him for book illustrations. However, the artist felt restricted in Milan, and seeking more artistic freedom, immigrated in 1970 to the United States under the sponsorship of Borghi Gallery.
Although he held several shows in New York and Massachusetts through the gallery, Pino’s 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, Pino was offered a job of doing a book cover for Zebra Books Publishers. He received praise for an interpretation that was new, fresh and sensual. Pino’s 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 & Schuster, Harlequin, Penguin USA and Dell. From 1980 to 1993, Pino dedicated himself totally to this art where his style dominated and influenced the market. Stylistically, he brought the characters into the foreground, where his technique and talent for painting the anatomy was celebrated. 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. In 1993, he returned to fine art, finally finding the freedom he always desired. Since then, he 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.
Reference: AskArt.com, Southwest Art, November 2002