Pino Daeni

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Pino Daeni
Giuseppe Dangelico

(1939-11-08)November 8, 1939
Bari, Italy
DiedMay 25, 2010(2010-05-25) (aged 70)
Known forPainter Illustration

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,[1] in November 8, 1939, his talents were recognized by his first grade teacher, who advised Pino's father, Tommaso Dangelico, to encourage his son's artistic precociousness. However, Tommaso remained skeptical of his son's future as an artist.[citation needed]

He was a self-taught artist.[1] 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. 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 Max.[citation needed]

Under the sponsorship of the Borghi Gallery, he held several shows in New York and Massachusetts.[2] His work caught the attention of both Dell and Zebra Book Publishers, and soon after, Bantam, Simon & 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.[2]

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.[3][citation needed]

In 2001, Pino's son, Max, began representing his artist-father, despite Pino's initial reluctance. Max successfully grew his efforts into a profitable marketing company, helping his father expand beyond his normal gallery representation to include magazines, books and limited edition fine art prints.[4]

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.[5]


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.


  • A Mother's Love
  • A Pause
  • Affection
  • After Dinner
  • Afternoon Nap
  • Afternoon Stroll
  • An Enchanted Moment
  • Angel From Above
  • Angelica
  • Anticipation
  • A time to remember
  • At the Beach
  • Best Friends
  • Close To My Heart
  • My Favourite Time
  • Colorful Archway
  • Contemplation
  • Day Dream
  • Deborah Revisited
  • Desire Suite
  • Dreamer
  • Early Morning
  • Ester
  • Ethereal Beauty
  • Evening Repose
  • Evening Thoughts
  • First Glance
  • Fleeting Moments
  • Flower Child
  • Harmony Suite
  • Her Favorite Book
  • In the Glow
  • In the Late Evening
  • Innocence
  • Into The Night
  • Joyous Memories
  • La Diva
  • Last Touch
  • Late Night Reading
  • Long Day
  • Longing For
  • Love Suite
  • Maternal Instincts
  • Memories of My Past
  • Mixed Emotions
  • Morning Breeze
  • Morning Reflections
  • Mystic Dreams
  • Parisian Girl
  • Passive Moments
  • Precious Moments
  • Purity
  • Recital
  • Reflections
  • Remember When
  • Restful
  • Sensuality
  • Serendipity
  • Shades of Pale
  • Sharing Moments
  • Silent Contemplation
  • Soft Light
  • Solace
  • Spring Flower
  • Summer Retreat
  • Summertime Breeze
  • Sunday Chores
  • The Star
  • The Dancer
  • The Gypsy
  • The Red Shawl
  • The Safety of Love
  • Thinking of You
  • Whispering Heart
  • White Camisole
  • White Rhapsody
  • White Sand
  • Windy Field
  • Wistful Thinking
  • A Woman of Mystery
  • A Time To Remember
  • Good Old Days
  • Mediterranean Breeze
  • Mediterranean Dreams
  • Remember When
  • Spirit of Love
  • The Gathering
  • Woman from Dubai



  1. ^ a b Kaufman, Joanne (1995-02-19). "Of brushstrokes and bodices". People. 45 (7): 33. Archived from the original on 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2012-04-07.
  2. ^ a b "Pino Daeni in ArtShop NC".
  3. ^ "List of Pino Paintings".
  4. ^ Kevin Lo (2002). "Spotlight on Classic Publications - Brief Article - Company Profile". Art Business News. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2013-04-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Pino's most popular works".

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