Born April 21, 1948 in Rome, Dario started to sketch as a veryyoung child. At the age of six, his talent for art wasencouraged with the gift of a small set of watercolors from anuncle, himself a painter. When he was 14, Dario wasbedridden with a kidney ailment for three months, and hisfather gave him his first oil paints to cheer him up. As soon ashe began to work with them. there was a sense of familiarity,of being able to easily express himself in this medium. Thisexperience influenced him profoundly to continue with his art.After graduating with honors from an industrial designcourse, Dario spent time concentrating on painting in theclassical style, mostly still lifes. In 1967 he entered his first artcompetition in Norma, Italy. Dario was the youngestparticipant to receive awards, and was praised by the judgesfor his excellent work.
At the age of eighteen, Dario had the good fortune to meetGiorgio de Chirico, the Italian master of metaphysical art.Dario showed him some paintings and asked if he should attendart school. De Chirico counseled the young painter to simplyexperiment and continue discovering his own techniques.Inspired by this encounter, Dario found that his own hard workand discipline proved to be his best teachers. He continued towork full time on his art, and by the time he was twenty, he wassuccessfully exhibiting his paintings in the Galleria Esedera inRome, and attracting the attention of international collectors.In 1968 Dario was called to duty by the army, but was only asoldier for two weeks. A general from Rome saw some of hiswork in a gallery, and commissioned several paintings for theoffices of the Ministry of Defense. Dario spent the next year anda half serving the military from his own studio.
He then went to London to study English and to show his paintings.Dario was able to support himself selling his art on Hyde Park Corneron weekends and participating in group shows with local artists inChelsea. Before he left London, he was selling paintings regularly atthe J. Middleton Gallery on Kings Road. This was a turning point forthe artist, because it was the first time he saw his art as not only a wayof life, but a way to make a living.Dario returned to Rome, and through a club of local artists whoorganized collective exhibits around the city, he met Madame LucilleDuillars, an influential art consultant from Paris. She motivated Darioto take a huge step forward in the development of his style when shepointed out that his use of color, light and shadow was the hallmark ofa surrealist. Mme. Duillard challenged the young artist to pursue thisnew direction with an invitation to show at the Gallerie L Fayette inParis. She stipulated that he was to bring no classical artwork to theexhibit.
Bring me something purely from your imagination, she said.True to her instinct, Dario flourished in this new freedom toexpress himself through surrealism.The next summer, one of the most exciting experiences ofDarios life occurred. He was visiting the art colony inCadaques, Spain, also the summer home of surrealist masterSalvador Dali. Upon being shown some of Darios work, Daliinvited him to his home for an exchange of ideas. Over the nextfew days, Dario was offered much encouragement andinspiration to explore new dimensions of technique andcomposition. Dali was really impressed with my work, Darioremembers. and maybe he was pulling my leg a little. but hedecided to call me, The Roman Master.
Later that year, Dario traveled to California, both to see the sights and to get afeel for the art world in the U.S. Accustomed to carrying a portfolio of his workwith him, it seemed only natural to show photos of his paintings to galleries inLos Angeles as he strolled the streets. Not only was his work well-received,upon seeing it, the owner of the Acosta Gallery in Beverly Hills offered Dario aone-man show the following April. This show was extremely successful for theartist, as it introduced him to collectors from the movie and music industries,as well as bringing many offers to paint book and album covers. After movingto Los Angeles in 1973, Dario experienced great commercial success, andexplored new directions in his art. He worked with clay sculpture, cast papersculpting and cast paper bas relief. His artwork caught the eye of actorsValerie Harper, Carl Weathers, and Cheech and Chong, musician HerbieHancock, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and writer Harlan Ellison, whoare among the many collectors of Darios work.In 1986 after working in Los Angeles for over a decade, Dario was honored tobe chosen from hundreds of artists to create the 75th Anniversary Logo forParamount Studios. His beautiful design of the famous mountain symbol isseen on every Paramount publication today.
In 1988 Dario moved to Carmel, where he opened his own gallery,and began to show his work regularly at galleries in Hawaii. In 1990Dario then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and beganshowing his work at new galleries there as well.In 1995, Vincent Lee of Hong Kong invited Dario, in conjunctionwith artist Yankel Ginzburg, to participate in the Third AnnualCharity Art Gala Event to benefit the Hong Kong Council of EarlyChildhood Education and Service. The two artists wereacknowledged in a letter from President Bill Clinton. congratulatingthem on their continuing efforts to promote goodwill and theircontributions on the behalf of education.Dario continues to exhibit his art at various galleries in SanFrancisco, Laguna Beach, Aspen, Las Vegas, and Hawaii. Hispaintings are also owned by many private collectors. My main goal,says the artist, is to be able to express my true soul and continuemy journey by taking risks and always allowing myself to explorenew visions.