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Dino Paravano was born in Rome, Italy, in 1935. He immigrated with his family to South Africa in 1947. He started painting at an early age, tutored and encouraged by his father an amateur-artist. He received a fine art Diploma from the “Institute of Fine Arts” in Rome. To further his studies Dino attended the Johannesburg College of Art and he traveled to Europe on study tours. In 1992 Dino emigrated from South Africa to the US. They live in Tucson, Arizona. Dino 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. Apart from the 15 solo exhibitions, to date Dino has participated in over 300 group exhibitions in major centers in South Africa, England, Italy, Australia, US, Canada, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Japan and China, Dubai, and Hong Kong.
He is famous for his masterly portrayals of South Africa’s sun-drenched landscapes, ocean scenes and wildlife. 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. Standard 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.