Dario Campanile

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Dario Campanile’s journey started in Rome, Italy where he was born April 21, 1948. Dario expressed an affinity for art as a young boy. When he was 14, the artist was bedridden with a kidney ailment for three months, and his father gave him a set of oil paints to cheer him up.

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Artworks

WATERCROSS

oil/metal, framed
24×36 cm

TREES IN FLIGHT

oil on canvas unframed
30×40 cm

THE SAVIOR

oil on canvas framed
30×40 cm

FLIGHT OF FREEDOM

oil on canvas framed
30×40 cm

SERENGETI

oil on canvas framed
30×40 cm

VORTICE

oil on canvas unframed
36×36 cm

UNDER THE OLIVE TREE

oil on metal, unframed
30×20 cm

GOLDEN GODDES

oil/metal unframed
48×24 cm

ULTIMA CORSA

oil on canvas unframed
80×100 cm

AMORE A PRIMA VISTA

oil on canvas unframed

91×91 cm

AT THE END OF THE DAY

oil on canvas framed 1983
91×111 cm

PEARS IN PLASTIC

oil on canvas framed
40×50 cm

AUTUMN SCAPE

oil on metal
40,5×30,5 cm

BLISS

oil on canvas
81×81 cm

COSTA AZZURA

mix media on canvas
157,5×157,5 cm

EMERGING HEART

oil on canvas
81,5×101,5 cm

FALL IS COMING

oil on canvas
76×101,5 cm

FEATHERS

oil on metal
92,5×67,5 cm

FLOWERING SEA

oil on canvas
101,5×76 cm

INTERTWINED

oil on metal
61×40,5 cm – framed

LAND OF ECSTASY

oil on canvas
101,5×71 cm

MASTERTREE

oil on metal
91,5×61 cm – framed

MEDITERRANEO

oil on canvas
61×61 cm

MISTRAL

oil on canvas
56×61 cm

OUTREACH

oil on canvas
81×81 cm

PHENOMENON

oil on canvas
91,5×71 cm

CURRICULUM

Dario Campanile’s journey started in Rome, Italy where he was born April 21, 1948. Dario expressed an affinity for art as a young boy. When he was 14, the artist was bedridden with a kidney ailment for three months, and his father gave him a set of oil paints to cheer him up. He painted his first still life in just a few days.  A self-taught artist, once Campanile had mastered the tools, he was off on a free-spirited ride, never quite sure where he was going, but always secure in the knowledge that his natural gifts and instincts would take him into exciting new realms.  Meetings with Salvador Dali, who coined him the “Roman Master” and De Chirico  influenced his work as a painter.  In 1986 Dario was commissioned to redesign and create a new logo for the  famed Paramount Pictures. In  2005 Dario was invited to participate on a project called “Missing Peace”. Dario met the Dali Lama at his home in India where he posed for a portrait exhibited in the project.

After decades of painting realism and surrealism, Campanile’s work has evolved into abstract expressionism, which is now the artist’s main focus and passion. Here, he describes what it is like to create his renowned abstract paintings: ”Working in abstract for me is the most direct and pure form of artistic expression coming from my unconscious.

My medium is mostly oil on canvas and some acrylics on canvas. The challenge is to be able to trust and surrender and allow the channel of creativity to come through me, like an open vessel. This process most of the time is very daring because I want to make sure that the pure essence of child-like energy comes through the body and mind of the adult. When this happens, magically, a deep, unknown world of symbolism and metaphor unfolds. It is fascinating! I find painting abstract is more difficult than painting realism because it is an act of courage and exposes my vulnerability. There is no control or rational behind it, yet there is tremendous freedom. I am facing an open canvas waiting to be filled…”

Dario Campanile has lived in the United States for the past 30 plus years, living in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Maui, Hawaii.  After 50 years of artistic expression, he is unceasingly inspired by the beauty in the world and continues on his journey through art.

Dario Campanile – Artist Statement on working in Abstract 

“Working in abstract for me is the most direct and pure form of artistic expression coming from my unconscious. The challenge is to be able to trust and surrender and allow the channel of creativity to come through me, like an open vessel. This process most of the time is very daring because I want to make sure that the pure essence of child-like energy comes through the body and mind of the adult. My main goal is to be able to express my true soul and continue my journey by taking risks and always allowing myself to explore new visions.”

Events & Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2018/19 Greenwich, CT – Galerie 888
2018 Newport Beach – Lahaina Galleries
2017 Westport, CT – Galerie 888
2016 Pound Ridge, NY – Lionheart Gallery
2014 Monte Carlo – Vista Palace
2014 Newport Beach – Lahaina Galleries
2012 Santa Monica – James Gray Gallery
2002 Sonoma – Lahaina Galleries
2001 San Francisco – Christopher Clark Fine Art
1998 San Francisco – Powell Street Galleries
1997 Aspen – Miranda Galleries
1996 Aspen – Miranda Galleries
1995 Aspen – Miranda Galleries
1994 Sausalito – Piazza Gallery First Retrospective
1981 Los Angeles – Magma Gallery
1977 Lugano, Switzerland – Galleria Il Ponte
1975 Basel – Galleria Geiger
1974 Los Angeles – Janus Gallery
1973 Beverly Hills – Edgardo Acosta Gallery
1971 Paris – Galeries La Fayette

Group Exhibitions

2012-2019 Newport Beach, Maui, Big Island Hawaii – Lahaina Galleries
2011 San Antonio – San Antonio Museum of Art – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2010 Stockholm – Nobel Museum – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2010 Napa Valley – Chloe Fine Art
2010 Santa Fe – Klaudia Marr Gallery
2010 Romania – Brukenthal National Museum – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2009 Miami – Frost Art Museum – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2009 Madrid – Fundacion Canal – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2008 Tokyo – Hillside Terrace in Shibuya – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2007 San Francisco – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts -“The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2007 New York – Rubin Museum of Art – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2006 Chicago – Loyola University Museum of Art – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2006 Los Angeles – UCLA Fowler Museum – “The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”
2003 Newport Beach – Lahaina Galleries – Group Exhibition
1999 Maui – Lahaina Galleries – Group Exhibition
1995 Hong Kong – Vincent Lee Fine Arts – Group Exhibition
1993 New York – C.F.M. Gallery – Group Exhibition
1992 Maui and Newport Beach – Lahaina Galleries – Group Exhibition
1991 Maui and Newport Beach – Lahaina Galleries – Group Exhibition
1990 Honolulu/New York – Images International of Hawaii – Group Exhibition
1989 Honolulu – Images International of Hawaii – Group Exhibition
1987 Maui – Center Art Galleries – Group Exhibition
1986 Maui – Center Art Galleries – Group Exhibition
1985 Santa Monica – Roberts Gallery – Group Exhibition
1983 New York – Pratt Manhattan Center Gallery – Group Exhibition
1983 Los Angeles – Fisher Gallery – Group Exhibition
1979 Los Angeles – Art Dimension – Group Exhibition
1976 San Francisco – Bowles Hopkins Gallery – Group Exhibition
1976 Fort Lauderdale – Deligny Art Galleries – Group Exhibition
1972 Rome – Gallery Etrusca – Group Exhibition
1971 Rome – Palazzo delle Esposizioni – Group Exhibition
1970 London – J.Middleton Gallery – Group Exhibition
1969 Rome – Primavera Romana – Group Exhibition
1968 Rome – Galleria Esedra – Group Exhibition
1967 Rome – Galleria La Tavolozza – Group Exhibition

Highlights

1948 – Born in Rome, Italy April 21st.

1962 – Began oil painting at age 14.

1967 – First group show in Galeria La Tavolazza in Rome.

1967 – Met Giorgio de Chirico in Rome renowned Italian master of metaphysical art. He saw Dario’s early still lifes and encouraged him to continue working on his own without any schooling. Dario is a self-taught artist.

1969- Spanish Steps, Rome group show – Primavera Romana

1969 – Joined Italian Army mandatory service for 15 months. After visiting Galeria Esedera where Darios’ work was exhibited, Chief of Command of Infantry Five Star General Giovanni Buttiglione transferred him in Rome to paint a series of 3 Patron Saints for the Ministry of Defense conference room.

1970 – After his army obligation was completed, Dario traveled to London where he sold his paintings in Hyde Park Corner and later was represented by a J.Middleton Gallery on King’s Road.

1972 – Met Salvador Dali’s accountant in Cadaques, Spain. After seeing his work Dario was invited to meet Salvador Dali at his private home. Dali called him “The Roman Master”. He invited back for another private meeting where they shared techniques about their art.

1974 – First trip to United States to Los Angeles, CA. After seeing his portfolio, the owner Edgardo Acosta of Acosta Galleries in Beverly Hills invited him for a one man show the following year in 1975.

1975 – Moved to Los Angeles, CA to paint album covers for artists such as Herbie Hancock, Lee Ritenour, David Grousen, Little River Band, Cheech & Chong, etc.

1986 – Commissioned by Paramount Studios to design the new logo to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Paramount Pictures.

1988 – Dario moved to Carmel, CA where he opened his own gallery, Campanile Gallery. He began to show his work regularly at galleries in Hawaii and Maui.

1990 – Dario moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and began showing his work at galleries such as his one man show at Powell Street Gallery in San Francisco in 1997.

1995 – Vincent Lee of Hong Kong invited Dario, in conjunction with artist Yankel Ginzburg, to participate in the Third Annual Charity Art Gala Event to benefit the Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Service. The two artists were acknowledged in a letter from President Bill Clinton congratulating them on their continuing efforts to promote goodwill and their contributions on the behalf of education.

2005 – Dario was among 85 artists from over 30 countries who participated in a multimedia art exhibition titled The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama. Campanile traveled to India and was granted a private visit at the home of His Holiness. This interview provided the artist with the inspiration for the painting, “Missing Peace: Found.”

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