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New Exhibition in the Virgie R. Fleenor Art Gallery Features Gino Di Dio

September 01, 2015

The September-October exhibition in the Bristol Public Library’s Virgie R, Fleenor Art Gallery features Damascus, Virginia, artist Gino Di Dio. Di Dio specializes in oils on canvas, stone, terra cotta, slate, and murals. He captures the beauty of people in his oil portraits, cultures in the murals, and brings landscapes to life using natural materials.

Born in Naples, Italy, Di Dio immigrated to the United States in 1978 after serving in the Italian Navy and achieving the rank of Sotto Capo. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Assesorato Prefesionale Regionale. Other professional training has been done at New York University, Westchester College, the Culture Art Center in Greensboro, Guilford College, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

In his artist statement Di Dio states, “My paintings are meant to represent the warmth and love of those things we all hold close to us, bringing our cultures, with so many similarities, together as one. From Venetian masks to Mardi Gras, from fishing for mussels in the Mediterranean to clam digging on the coast of Virginia, from Tuscan landscapes to postcards landscapes and sultry seductive nights to angels weeping over a tomb. Life, Death, and Celebration, all painted with the style and sophistication of the masters of the old world.”

The exhibition will be featured at the Bristol Public Library, 701 Goode Street, Bristol, Virginia, 24201, for the months of September and October. The Gallery is open the same hours as the Library and is free.