Painting wildlife is the passion of artist Dino Paravano. Born in Italy, Paravano lived in South Africa for many years. He is perhaps best known for his masterly paintings of Africa's seascapes, sun-drenched landscapes and wildlife. His unique understanding of animals in their natural habitats is brilliantly expressed in pastel and oil. Although most of Paravano's work is executed in his studio, it all originates in the field. He believes that observing nature is important for noting color, shape, texture and the relationships between various objects.
Paravano was educated at the Johannesburg Art School. Study tours to Europe, England, the United States and South America for observation of wildlife enhanced Paravano's natural artistic talent. Paravano has had more than fourteen one-man shows in South Africa, New York and London, and his artwork has been exhibited internationally in more than 170 shows of world-class wildlife artists. His artwork is included in many prestigious private and corporate collections around the world and appears in eight books on African wildlife.
Since 1985, Paravano has participated in each of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum's "Birds in Art" and "Wildlife in Art" shows and tours. In 1993, he was the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Master Artist. Paravano now lives in the United States.