About 10 years ago I did a painting titled "Your Move". Because of the message, it was very successful. The message was about the survival of the species of animals on our planet. Human kind had a dilemma of how to protect animals from extinction so the future generation could still witness the miracle of mother nature. I decided to paint a sister painting to continue the story. This new painting is titled "Check Mate" to portray the message that we have hope for the future through rebirth and mother nature will regrow healthy and strong.
Great artists, regardless of medium or style, share a certain creative trait that cannot be fully explained. Whatever the scene or the subject, their talents expand to fill the potential before them. Witness, for instance, the dramatic sculptures of Dario Campanile, an artist who has risen to world renown on the wings of his masterful paintings. Instantly one perceives the range of his genius. There is power in these forms that seems to come from within, dimension that seems to exceed the obvious three.
As a mere child in Rome he showed remarkable skills for both the realistic and the expressive. At the age of six he was given a set of watercolors to play with, which opened his mind to exciting new realms and pleasures, becoming his means of early artistic discovery. Years later, admired and advised by de Chirico and Dali, two of the greatest figures of 20th-century art, Dario would recall his youth as a fond and fortuitous time, a time when his gifts were given the chance to unfold.
In 1965, as a student of industrial design, Dario began to grow restless with the limits of his conventional education. He developed a fascination for painting in the classical style, and soon he left the confines of school to become his own teacher. It was a daring step, the first in a dance of reedom that has given him and viewers alike, scores of reasons to rejoice.
Within two years of turning away from a formal education, Campanile presented his work to the founding father of Surrealism, Giorgio de Chirico. The elder offered him strong encouragement, advising him to pursue his inclination to be his own tutor. Shortly thereafter he entered his first competition, receiving both a medal and critical acclaim from the judges. Dario’s first exhibit followed a year later at Gallery Esdra in Rome, where collectors were drawn to his fabulous trompe l’oeil (tricks of the eye) effects.
Dario’s paintings were so vividly realistic they deceived nearly every viewer into thinking that each was a photograph.
Even as a soldier, Campanile served the cause of fine classical art, creating magnificent Flemish-style works for offices of the Ministry of Defense. In the early 1970s, however, two more auspicious meetings changed his artistic course. The first occurred in Paris, where noted critic Madame Duillard recognized Dario’s tendency in his paintings to liberate the subconscious. She urged him to explore, to experiment, and to imagine.
Dario’s work began to show new depth, capturing the attention in 1972 of the incomparable Salvador Dali, Surrealism’s most eminent pioneer. At Dali’s invitation, the two met at the master’s home in Spain, where Dario was offered his host’s brilliant insights with regard to composition and technical direction. The effect on Campanile’s career was both intense and compelling.
The following spring he left his native Europe and moved to California, open to new artistic growth and exciting new opportunities. Filmmaking, sculpture, and stunning musical album art have all been added to Campanile’s successes.
One of Dario’s early works, the prominent majestic mountain, is seen worldwide in the logo he created for Paramount Studios’ 75th Anniversary. The breadth of his abilities can be seen in his powerful canvases that probe the very concept of reality; in his selection from countless hopeful artists to redesign and paint the famous mountain peak logo for Paramount Studios.
There can be no question that Dario Campanile, a creative force of extraordinary vision, is destined to leave his mark on the future of artistic expression. De Chirico, Duillard, and Dali would surely agree.