Pino Daeni (November 8, 1939 – May 25, 2010) was an Italian-American book illustrator and artist. 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
Pino Daeni (November 8, 1939 – May 25, 2010) was an Italian-American book illustrator and artist. 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. 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 nude.
From 1960 to 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. By the end of his career, he had designed about 3,000 book covers.
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.