Embarking on an artistic journey that intertwines legend, social commentary, and magical realism, Deodato has established himself as a multifaceted artist of deep introspection and vivid imagination. His work, rich in allegory and metaphor, captures the essence of human experience, blending the fantastical with poignant social narratives. His art, deeply personal yet universally resonant, showcases his mastery in navigating the complex interplay of history, culture, and individual identity.
A path begun in Nao di Jonadi (Vibo Valentia), where he was born in 1950 and where he took his first studies and artistic diploma in Vibo Valentia. Soon after, in 1969, he decided to move to Milan, to study at the Academy of Brera. A choice that proved to be a happy-one, considering that already after the first year of studies, he was acknowledged as one of the best students in the Academy with a group exhibition at Ciovasso Gallery. Meanwhile in Milan, Pino got in touch with the main representatives of Milan art, including Paolo Baratella and Giangiacomo Spadari, whom he’d later become the assistant of. In the same years he got in touch with the French artistic environment, approaching very important masters such as Gerard Guyomard, Ivan Messac and the Spanish Arrojo. It was the Seventies, a time when culture used to walk hand in hand with political and social events: around these contents, Deodato started developing his artistic creations that he brought around Italy. Very personal works, that were exhibited at “Salon de la Jeune Peinture” at Musèe D’Art Moderne, Paris and at Musèe du Luxemburg, at Alvarez Gallery in Lisbon and Oporto, where he represented the young Italian painting abroad.
At the same time, in a frantic and brilliant period of deep inspiration, his paintings were admired in various Italian towns (Quadriennale d’arte nazionale, Rome, Show at G. Murat castle of Pizzo Calabro, Gagliardi Palace in Vibo Valentia). In the late Seventies and early Eighties the artist, alone or with others, developed many murals focusing on social subjects about the wish for change.
In 1982 Deodato resumed his artistic activity and his works, from then on, started being exhibited in various Italian and foreign cities: Milan (Gastaldelli, Il Milione, Klerks, Cardi galleries), Bologna (Cristofori), Turin (Narciso), Lucca (Poleschi), Benevento (Art events), Forte dei Marmi (Susanna Orlando), Miami (Gallery Ambrosino). Simultaneously he was commissioned works by Coni (Foro Italico, Rome), by Paolo Pini Museum (Milan), by the towns of Turin (Manifesto d’artista) and Sedriano (Murales of San Francesco and the wolf).
Rai with “Videosapere” telecast also dealt with his works, with an important service. Collectors such as Trussardi, Coveri, Castelli, Pikler, Damiani, Manuli, etc. made sure to purchase his paintings, mainly inspired to legends and fairy tales (Tarzan, Tex Willer, Ulysses).
Deodato’s artistic expression followed that inspiration in the Nineties, an inspiration made of a magical realism that was suggested by his deep memory. A path featuring paintings that are real metaphors of life: therefore works such as “The firefly eater” (to see better) were created; as well as “The man who used to talk with birds because men cannot hear any longer” (he preferred to isolate from the confusion of a world in which he did not identify anymore). Metaphors and allegories through which Deodato continues to tell the story of the man, a travel made of success but also of defeats and disappointments, of small joys got from the album of his existence, of introspection and will to fight, despite everything, to conquer the space that each individual has and must have in the universe.
This path has continued into the new millennium: Deodato, humanist and alchemist of the image, always he moving between sculpture and painting, continues to narrate the history of mankind with a stern and kind, sharp and poetic look, open to he marvellous and fantastic.
Currently the galleries with which Deodato collaborates are DePart Gallery (Milano), De Primi Fine Art (Lugano), Galleria Susanna Orlando (Pietrasanta), Galleria Melesi (Lecco), Galleria Claudio Poleschi (Lucca), Galleria Il Milione, (Milano), Museo Paolo Pini (Milano), Fondazione Pomodoro (Milano), Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait City).