Pino Daeni was born in Bari, Italy, November 8, 1939. He was an Italian Impressionist book illustrator and artist. Recognized by his first grade teacher of his talents he advised Pino’s father Tommaso D’Angelico to encourage his son’s artistic precociousness, but his father remained skeptical of a future as an artist. He studied at the Art institute of Bari, then trained at Milan’s Academy of Brera in 1960, where he honed his craft for painting from the live nude. Pino was deeply influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites and Macchiaioli and after experimentation with Expressionism he returned to his Impressionist roots, finding inspiration in the works of such artists as Sargeant, Sorolla, and Boldini. 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.
His unique style of feminine, romantic women and strong men painted with his loose but accurate brushwork caught the attention of book publishers and he illustrated over 3000 book covers, movie posters and magazine illustrations and became one of the highest paid American illustrators at that time. Pino felt the strains of tight deadlines and eager to leave illustration behind to return to his Impressionist style, 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. 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. (From Wikipedia)
Pino AOP can’t make a Pino-like painting of anything. You need a photo that reminds of Pino’s work with strong colors and beautiful people. Below I have used one of Pino’s own paintings as a source image for DAP. The Pino original to the left and the Pino AOP version to the right:
This AOP contains three palettes with both different brushes and colors, Pino 1, Pino 2 and Pino 3. The first one is the one I am most satisfied with and which I believe can produce something that reminds of Pino – if your source photo has some of the unique Pino characteristics mentioned above. The two other palettes are earlier versions which might be of interest.
Pino AOP doesn’t need a vast number of strokes. Most paintings don’t need more than 6000-12 000 strokes. If you let it run for 20 000 strokes or more the paintings will be highly detailed: