Pino Daeni was born Giuseppe Dangelico Daeni in Bari, Italy on November 8, 1939. As a first grader, his talents were recognized by his teacher who advised his father to encourage his son’s gifts and talents. His father was skeptical of this recommendation and Pino developed his skills on his own.
By 1960, Pino enrolled himself at the Art Institute of Bari and then at Milan’s Academy of Brera. At the academy he honed his skills by painting from the live nude.
Throughout the 1960’s and up to 1979, his work won several prizes, awards and commissions for numerous book illustrations. After visiting Manhattan in the early 1970’s and experiencing the freedom of the art scene there, Pino became more acutely aware of this sense of restriction in Milan. He moved to New York in 1978 with his family and was eager to partake in the greater opportunities within the unrestrictive environment of the New York arts movement.
Pino Daeni was sponsored by the Borghi Gallery, and 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 & Schuster, Penguin USA and Harlequin. You may recognize his work on novel covers for popular Romance writers such as; Danielle Steel, Sylvie Summerfield and Amanda Ashly. By the end of this portion of his career Pino had designed approximately 3,000 book covers.
By 1992, the strain of tight deadlines became too much for Pino. He was ready to leave the world of illustration behind and return to his impressionist painting roots. After contacting a highly regarded gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona he was encouraged to send several paintings, which were well received. His paintings also appeared in Hilton Head Island, SC 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, Max, Pino’s son, began representing his father, despite his father’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.
His work continues to appear in art galleries all over the world, and his giclee prints sell into the thousands of dollars.
On May 25, 2010, Pino died at the age of 70 due to cancer.