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DonatoArts

Donato
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As a heavily respected and awarded Imaginative Realist artist, Donato shares his passion of figurative arts not only through his unique body of oil paintings and drawings, but also by inspiring future generations of creators through teaching at the Illustration Master Class and the School of Visual Arts, mentoring online through the SmArt School, and lecturing and exhibiting at various institutions, seminars, and conventions worldwide.

From J.R.R. Tolkiens' The Lord of the Rings to Botticellis' La Primivera, Donato balances modern concepts with historical inspirations to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts. Influences encompass strolls down New York City streets and pilgrimages to museums and art institutions where ever he travels. Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by visual art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of the narrative genre that extend beyond the commissions of his clients.

Since beginning his professional career in 1993, Donato’s list of clients has grown to include major book publishers in New York to concept design firms on the West Coast: notables include The United Nations, LucasArts, National Geographic, Scientific American, CNN, DC Comics, Microsoft, The Village Voice, Playboy Magazine, US Postal Service, Wizards of the Coast , Scholastic, Simon&Schuster, Tor Books, Random House, Time/Warner, The Scifi Channel, Milton-Bradley, and Hasbro. Merits range from the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators to twenty-three Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, three Artist Hugo Awards for outstanding professional work from the World Science Fiction Society, notable awards from the Art Renewal Center, and six silver and two gold medals from the juried annual Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.

Donato is currently engaged with series works on the themes of empathetic robots, astronauts, commercial cover commissions, and continued explorations within Middle-earth and other inspired worlds. You can learn more about Donato’s art and techniques at www.donatoart.com.

Donato lives with his wife and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.

Tools of the Trade
Traditional Oil Painting and Drawings
Other Interests
Hiking, Museums, Nature Observations, soccer, and more ART

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What a privilege to have an Artist of your calibre on DeviantArt :)

What an incredible gallery, I'm stunned :gallery:

With your permission I take the opportunity to present myself and make a proposal: I´m Xurxo Avila, a spanish actor, director, writer and producer. I have a horror script that I have not been able to shoot and I was thinking of turning it into a graphic novel for IMAGE COMICS -WE ALL WORK FOR MONEY- with the collaboration of one of my best friends, the USA`s editor and colorist JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA. I have seen your drawings and would you like to draw the story? I really like your style very much, I think it would go very well to the story and I think we could create a unique and fascinating horror story. I hope I didn't bother you with the proposal. The idea is to draw 12 scenes from the script (he told me that it is the usual number when you send it to any American comic book publisher), send them along with the same script and a lot of things that I have more (you can see some of them on my page, in the folder entitled: "CINEMA" : art concepts, posters,...) to the publisher and see if they like it and get us to work. If you want I pass the script to you, you read it, and you tell me. Greetings.

I had a great time looking through your gallery. :D Amazing work, looking forward to seeing more

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Thanks

your works are SUPER :clap: :headbang:

thanks for sharing your awsome paintings