From the age of four, I have loved to draw. My artwork often elicited approval and encouragement from friends and family which gave me confidence and self esteem at an early age.

On a field trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art when I was ten years old, I became bored and disappointed by the abstract works of art. I wandered away from my herded classmates to explore the galleries in hopes of finding something interesting. As I descended a flight of steps and rounded a corner, I found myself alone and face-to-face with ‘Le Repos’, a large oil painting by William Adolphe Bouguereau. The illusion of natural realism so impressed me that I said to myself, “I want to paint like that!” The memory of that experience has inspired me and remained a driving force in my work.

As a portrait artist, I work from life in the studio which has taught me the importance of first-hand observation. Painting “all’aperto” (Italy’s term for in the open air) broadens and enhances the studio experience, and my paintings benefit from the melding of the two.  This experience also helps when it becomes necessary to work from photographic reference.

I believe that natural realism has a powerful effect on people. I create artwork that honestly describes a subject’s visible texture, and in so doing, honestly describes its hidden texture — its spirit. Notwithstanding this statement, it’s important that my artwork speaks for itself — to communicate in a language so universal as to be understood by anyone throughout the world.

About The Artist
The paintings of Dino Massaroni have been awarded numerous competitive prizes in national, regional and local exhibits. He has exhibited his artwork in such nationally renowned venues as the Butler Institute of American Art’s Annual Midyear Show, Ohio; American Artists Professional League Annual, New York; Knickerbocker Artists Annual, New York; Akron Society of Artists Annual Grand Exhibition, Ohio; Allied Artists of America Annual, New York and the Pastel Society of America Annual, New York. His most notable solo exhibitions were displayed at the Butler Institute of American Art and the Canton Art Institute.

As a result of his naturalistic style, Massaroni has become a popular portrait painter with works in the collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; The University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio; Suarez Corporation Industries, Canton, Ohio; Temple Israel, Akron; A. Schulman, Inc., Akron; Network Polymers, Inc., Akron; City of Parma Heights, Ohio; and Carmen Construction Company, Tallmadge, Ohio. His portraits, landscapes and still life compositions are also included in private collections in Italy, Switzerland and the United States.

Massaroni teaches weekly portrait & figure drawing and painting courses at Cuyahoga Valley Art Center http://www.cvartcenter.org and Orange Art Center http://www.orangeartcenter.org as well as travel workshops and painting excursions to Italy and Greece http://www.dinomassaroni/workshops.