Tano de Simone (Italian, 1935-) was born in Marsala, an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily, Italy in 1935. He studied art in Palermo under Alfonso Amorelli (Italian, 1898-1969). Afterward, De Simone moved to Milan and later resided in Rome. After an early career characterized by strong graphic structure, de Simone’s style took a more-pronounced coloristic approach during the 1960’s, assimilating tonality in the Roman tradition of painting and the fusing of original Mediterranean components. He traveled widely and has exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions throughout Italy and Europe. He is primarily known for his modern impressionistic and abstract Italian landscapes, cityscapes, riverviews & lakeviews, nocturne scenes, as well as portraits/figurative & nudes which have an almost sculptural effect. De Simone has also painted frescoes in the ‘Mother Church’ in his native Marsala, Italy. He is sometimes listed as Tano deSimone or Tano DeSimone, T. de Simone or T. deSimone.
(Translated & rewritten in parts by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY 14052, meibohmfinearts.com, sources: Our internal records; pinacotecamarsala.it, biographical & exhibition information; marsalasicily.com. “The Mother Church”)