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Pino’s Studio
Naples, FL, November 15-17

Pino, White Apron, oil, 48 x 40.

Pino, White Apron, oil, 48 x 40.

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Throughout his decades-long career, artist Pino Daeni (1939-2010) captivated viewers and members of the art and literary communities alike with his evocative figurative works. After establishing himself as a successful artist in his native Italy, Pino immigrated to the United States, where he soon became one of the most highly sought illustrators of his time. His work graced the covers of popular romance novels throughout the 1980s, and by the end of his career he had produced more than 3,000 book covers. But by the early 1990s, Pino had grown tired of the commercial art world, and he longed to return to his roots as an impressionist painter. His first new original oils were well received, and before long his work was hanging in major galleries throughout the U.S.

In 2002, The Art Shop in North Carolina began representing Pino. Since his passing in 2010, the gallery has continued to work with the artist’s family to show and sell Pino’s private collection of original work. This November, collectors have the opportunity to participate in an intimate, all-expense-paid trip to Pino’s home and studio in Naples, FL. “This is a rare opportunity to see Pino’s home, tour his studio, meet his wife and son, and purchase original works that are only available through the Pino estate,” says gallery director Andy McAfee. Works on view include oil paintings, sketches, and the original iconic book cover illustrations that launched Pino’s distinguished career.

McAfee believes the continued demand for Pino’s work after his passing is a sign that the artist’s legacy will continue to grow over time. “I think it’s because he was one of the first artists to capture the emotions of women in his paintings,” McAfee says. “His work has a raw emotion to it—when you look at one of his figures you can really sense what that person is feeling, and it evokes that emotion in you. There are a lot of great figurative artists out there, but I don’t think anybody draws an emotion quite like Pino does.” —Lindsay Mitchell

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