CLAUDIO D'ANGELO was born in Montréal in 1956.
He grew up in a rural area just north of the city. There he spent much of his time exploring the numerous woodlots and fallow fields and discovering the various creatures that lived in those places. Drawing inspiration from these experiences, he spent countless hours filling youthful sketchbooks over those years. After high school he studied illustration and graphic design, which then led him to earn a successful livelihood as an illustrator. However, unwilling to repress his true passion any longer, in 1980 he turned the page and dedicated himself to painting full-time. With a keen attention to the ever-changing ways that sunlight plays on the landscape, his paintings depict a more intimate view of nature where landscape and animal subject are harmoniously integrated.
Over the years his work has been exhibited through the Society of Animal Artists, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bennington Center for the Arts as well as the Algonquin Art Center. In 2012 the Yvonne L. Bombardier Museum staged a retrospective exhibition of his work going back 30 years. His coin designs, mostly of wildlife subjects, have been selected numerous times by The Royal Canadian Mint. As well, his paintings have been juried to appear on conservation stamps on several occasions. His work can be found in collections throughout Canada, the US and Europe.
“Animals have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. The fact that they live in a world that is unconcerned with the preoccupations of humankind, somehow made them particularly appealing to me. I would spend much time and effort seeking them out in the places they inhabited. It was with these continued forays that I started to fully appreciate just how wonderful and inexhaustible this mine of inspiration truly was for the aspiring artist I had become. Through my work I have strived to recreate the beauty of what I have seen as well as what I have so far come to understand of these creatures in their secretive world.”