Bernard Damiano (1926-2000)
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Originally from Cuneo, Italy, Bernard Damiano and his family were forced to immigrate to France the year he was born. Although his family was poor, Damiano was able to cultivate a love for art and began to learn art application at 14 and was particularly interested in wood sculpture.
At the age of 20, Damiano began to take lessons from painter Giulio Boetto and also attended the Albertina Academy. In 1948 years later, he began to work in stone and marble and moved to Nice. During this time, he also worked with wood again, albeit as a cabinet maker.
Although he was making connections with other artists such as Sylvain Vigny, Damiano does not really begin to expose his work until 1960. From then until 1965, he participated in a number of exposures along coastal France. In 1966 Damiano finally moved with his family to Paris where his artistic career finally took off.
Damiano spent much of his time between Nice and Sanremo, Italy, and worked up until his death in 2000. He also exhibited frequently during his lifetime, and was fairly prolific. He would typically paint in oil on canvas, but was known to paint with tempera paint from time to time.
His paintings are generally of an Expressionistic nature, featuring distorted faces of people, particularly of himself. While his style may be of a disturbing nature to some, it is certainly recognizable as his own. It is notable that his work became increasingly more disturbing as the years rolled on, and his earlier work is softer and more linear. Here, Damiano displayed his love for this old masters with this self-portrait styled after Rembrandt.
Damiano was still highly active well into the 1980’s, and traveled and exposed often between Italy and France. This leaves the possibility for someone to own his art very likely indeed. Damiano had a number of Italian and French patrons, many of whom are still likely to be alive today.
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