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Biography —Pen Portrait of an International Master Artist
Dino Paravano - born in Rome, Italy, in 1935, immigrated with his family to South Africa in 1947
At age 12. Art has always been an intrinsic part of Dino’s life— he started painting at an early
age, tutored and encouraged by his amateur-artist father; recipient of a fine art Diploma from the
“Institute of Fine Arts,” Rome. To further his studies Dino attended the Johannesburg College of
Art, traveled to Europe on study tours, but in essence he is mainly self-taught. In 1964 Dino
married Kiki, an Italian expatriate. They have a daughter and a son. Having reached his peak in
South Africa, Dino wanted to expand his horizons and traveled often to the US, as well as many
countries around the world. Subsequently Dino received international recognition. In 1992 Dino
and Kiki emigrated from South Africa to the US. They live in Tucson, Arizona.
Since 1966 Dino has held 15, one-man exhibitions in South Africa’s major cities, plus New York city, London, England and Fairfax Virginia.
In 1970 a painting commissioned by the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was presented to the South African State President, J. Fouche`, at a banquet. In 1974 his tour of the United States of America, Argentina and Brazil resulted in an invitation to hold a one-man exhibition in New York City in 1976.
Apart from the 15 solo exhibitions, to date Dino has participated in over 300 two and three–man, and group exhibitions in major centers in South Africa, England, Italy, Australia, US, Canada, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Japan and China, Dubai, and Hong Kong. Has had work in the Audubon Society in Atlanta, Georgia and New York City, "Game Coin", San Antonio, Texas, "Safari Club International", Las Vegas and Michigan.
A signature member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists in New York, since joining in 1978, Dino’s work has been in all their annual exhibitions and subsequent year tours throughout the nation.
Dino has exhibited at the "Wilderness Congress", Johannesburg, SA and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The prestigious "Wildlife Artists of the World" and “Natural History Paintings and Sculpture exhibitions at the Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg S A. Wildlife shows at Trailside Galleries in Jackson, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Gallery Americana Carmel, California. King Gallery, (Sportsman's Edge) NY and Nature's Gallery, Akron, Ohio in 1992 where he was, Featured Artist. The Tryon Gallery, London, Holland & Holland – London – Paris - New York. Mondiale Art, Hong Kong. Humar Gallery, Dubai.
Dino is a regular exhibitor at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Wyoming, signature member of the Pastel Society Of America and exhibitor at the juried annual shows. Member of Oil Painters of America and has exhibited in their annual show.
From 1978, 32 Limited Edition Lithographs a number of giclees and posters have been published in the U S and South Africa - a project that proved successful. In 1988 Dino joined Mill Pond Press Inc., leading publishers of art reproductions.
Famous for his masterly portrayals of South Africa's sun-drenched landscapes, ocean scenes and wildlife, In 1983 Dino was commissioned by the National Parks Board for 10 paintings portraying all the National Parks in South Africa. These were published in 350 limited edition portfolios. He was also commissioned to paint the 5 major South African Harbors by Market Research Africa, reproduced in a limited edition portfolio and calendar. A limited edition portfolio: “Sea and Shore” by Swann Publishers.
In 1986 the Mala Mala Game Reserve (most famous private game reserve in South Africa) commissioned “The Big Five” which were published in a limited edition portfolio. The originals hang in their lodge. In 1983 Dino was awarded 2nd prize in an International Wildlife Exhibition held in Cincinnati Ohio, 1 of only 2 artists with all entries accepted from the works of more than 100 artists from 24 American States and 4 other countries. In 1984 he won Best of Show and an Honorable Mention for 2 entries at the Society of Animal Artists exhibition in New York City.
In 1990 he received the Award of Excellence for a pastel "Cheetah and Cubs" at the Society Of Animal Artists annual exhibition. In 1996 he won an award at the Night Walker ‘96 exhibition in Colorado and The Lispkin award from the Society of Animal Artists Society. Won 2 awards with 2 entries in “Wild Cat Art” 2001 exhibition, California. In 2004 Dino won 2 awards with the Pastel Journal competition, 2 awards with the “Artist’s magazine” competition. In 2005 won 2 awards with the Pastel Journal competition and 1 award with the “Artist’s magazine”.
In 1985 his work was included in the 120 selected works from 750 entries for the "Birds in Art" International Exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, USA. Later it formed part of the top 50 paintings for a 1-year tour of US museums. In 1986 he had the honor of being 1 of 9 artists with 2 paintings being selected for the "Birds In Art" Exhibition. Subsequently 1 of the pastels “On The Run-Ostriches” toured museums in the United States, Hawaii and for a 1- year in the Republic of China Museums starting at the Beijing, Natural History Museum. In 1991 following the “Birds in Art” exhibition at Leigh Yawkey, a pastel “Over the Papyrus - Fish Eagles ” toured museums in Japan for a year. 2008 is the 23st consecutive year that Dino’s work has been included in Birds In Art exhibition and the subsequent tour.
Dino was amongst 50 artists and 10 sculptors invited internationally to show his work in "Wildlife in Art" 1987 exhibition at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum which then toured 10 American museums over a 2-year period and participated in the renamed "Wildlife; The Artist View" and subsequent tour in both 1990, 1993 and 1996 exhibitions.
He was 1 of 2 artists to have had 3 out of 3 entries accepted on the Society of Animal Artists’ annual exhibition by the selecting committee at the Museum of Science, Boston.
In 1988 he completed 7 Dioramas (with fellow artist, the late, Titta Fasciotti) at the South African Nature Conservation Center Museum, Johannesburg.
Dino illustrated 2 volumes by best seller author, the late, Peter Hathaway Capstick. "The Last Horizons" was released in January 1990 and "Death in a Lonely Land" in 1991. 4 paintings included in the limited edition book "The Kill" published in early 1989. Images for the fronts’ piece of the next 3 titles (of a series): "In Full Flight" 1992, "Taverns of the Wild" 1993 and " Living Places." With 45 drawings and 8 paintings Dino has illustrated a limited edition book "Hunting in Botswana" by Tony Arinõ Sanchez, published by Safari Press, California. He has 4 paintings depicted in the book “South African Reserve Bank Art Collection,” 9 paintings in "African Wildlife In Art," a coffee table book published by Clive Holloway Books, London. Illustrated article in "Catasus," published by the Society of Animal Artists. Featured on the cover of Hunters Quest magazine 1991. Featured in Wildlife Art News in 1992 and in 2005. "American Artist" in 1989. “The Artists Magazine,” in 1990. “Sporting Classics” – 1993, 1996, 2007. “The Pastel Journal,” 2000. 1 of his paintings is mentioned in the novel "Gold Mine" by famous author Wilbur Smith (later made into the movie "Gold"). Dino is included in Who’s Who in Southern Africa (1989), The Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors (1988), International Who’s Who of Intellectuals (1993/1994), Men of Achievement (1995) International Man of the Year (1992/1993), published by The Biographical Center, Cambridge, England. Who’s Who in American Art 2006, Whos Who in America 2008. Featured in “Pastel International Artist magazine - master pastel artists of the world, United States showcase”2001. Featured in the “Artist’s” magazine 2005. Featured in South West Art magazine 2005
The Stanford University of California requested to use “Broken Wing Bluff” a pastel, in a computer educational program. His work is in Birds Art Registry, California.
2 works featured in book, “Painting Birds-Step by Step” by Bart Rulon, 1997. 9 works in book “Painting Wildlife: Technique of Modern Masters” by, Susan Rayfield 1996. 8 paintings, including step-by step in book, “drawing and Painting Animals” by Edward Eldrich, 1998. Represented in book “Wildlife Art selected by Alan Singer published by Quarry Books, Rockford Publishers 1999. His work will be included in the book “Pure Color-Best of Pastel” January 2006 published by Northlight Books. 3 paintings will be included in “100 Southwest Artists” A Schiffer Book , by Douglas Bullis, 2006. Included several drawings in a book “Stroke of Genius-Best of Drawings” by Northlight Books 2007.
His painting "Gulls on Sea Wall" was chosen as the Artwork of the Month for June 1989 and "Egrets in Flight" Artwork of the Month for June 1991 by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
A painting was selected by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and included in their calendar: "Flying Colors 1993" a selection of 12 works from the museum’s permanent collection.
In September 1993 at the highly prestigious exhibition Birds in Art, Dino had the great honor of being chosen MASTER WILDLIFE ARTIST by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. During the 20-years of Birds in Art, 15 painters and 3 sculptors had been honored as “Masters” by the Museum.
In 1990 Dino was invited to hold a one-man show at a gallery on the Piazza Del Duomo, Milan, Italy.
In 1996 he entered 2 large pastels, “Pride’s Proud Family” and “On Look-out mound” for the Society of Animal Artists Annual exhibition “Art and the Animal”. Both were accepted and was honored by having “Pride’s Proud Family” selected for the catalogue cover and for the exhibition poster. In 1997 Dino was “special guest artist” at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and ended the year with a very successful two-man exhibition (with Dick van Heerde) at the Tryon Gallery, London, England.
Paravano’s works are included in the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum permanent collection. The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, permanent collection. Bennington Center for the Arts permanent collection. The Wildlife Experience Museum. Further works are in collections of: Raymond James Financial, collection. Nedbank collections in: London, Hong Kong, and Johannesburg. The Standard Bank, Barclays Bank (First National Bank), Wesbank - South Africa. South African Permanent Building Society, United Building Society, The South African Reserve Bank, Total Oil-South Africa, South African Broadcasting Corporation, The Hamilton Memorial Library at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, Mala Mala Game Reserve. Other works hang in many other companies and private collections throughout Southern Africa, the United States of America, Canada, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and the Orient. Dino has had numerous international reviews, critiques, interviews and mentions in newspapers, magazines, catalogues, Radio and Television (including a 6 minute feature on S. African television in 1985. A television interview with US satellite link-up on Good Morning S. Africa in 1992). His work can also be seen on many sites on the Internet.
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