Ever since he was a child, Angelo has drawn on any scrap of paper he could find. As an artist, his earliest inspirations were the Peanuts comic strip and Marvel comic books. Angelo's college paintings, at San Jose State U., were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve of the New Yorker magazine. He also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera.
Since graduating with a degree in illustration, Angelo has illustrated three books: Two Moms, the Zark, and Me, Night Travelers, and Cherubic Children's New Classic Story Book, Volume 2. He has painted murals for several public buildings in northern California and magazines have published his illustrations.
Angelo's paintings (here and here) are often done in a whimsical cartoonish style, telling stories in humorous ways with hints of melancholy or anxiety. Recently, he has attempted to respond more to the world around him through realistic paintings also.
Angelo says he continues to be inspired by these words from Thomas Hart Benton, "I know there is no such thing as failure in the pursuit of art. Merely to survive in that pursuit is a success. Pictures may fail to please, movements may fail to survive, but the artist has his rewards anyway... the act of artistic creation has its own psychological payoff and a very considerable one... The only way an artist can personally fail is to quit work.” Angelo welcomes mail at ninongangelo at gmail dot com. We are delighted that he's a member of our blog community. You can browse through and read entries from Angelo's complete historical blog archives here.