A Tour of Ginos' Studio


A photo−walk through the stages Gino went through to complete his Studio.

Click on picture for enlargement.        These two photos were taken in February of 05'. Gino has built a 24' long wall across the back of his soon−to−be Sculpting Studio, and will be placing two 8' wide glass doors into each side. In the center, he will add a large air−conditioner. Underneath it, he has built a small insulated "room" where he will place his kiln.        Feburary 05' Click on image for enlargement         The two bay doors beyond the glass doors will have to be enclosed with wood−framing above, to add his drop−ceiling and still allow them to open.        This will be the Entrance to the Studio, Gallery-side         Gino is beginning to build what will be the wall that is his entrance, Gallery−side. The small room will contain a sink for him to rinse his paints and brushes. Like the two front bay doors, this one will have to be wood−framed in order to place in his drop−ceiling.         The Wall going up!         The sculpture above is actually a door that leads to his Office.

Walls of Art

Click on photo for enlarged view Architects and Designers, take note! Gino can produce actual, stable sculpted walls that will further tailor-make your own vision of a home, office building or other structure. If you'd like to learn how to incorporate them into your next project, email Gino.

Corian, Marble & Avonite Backsplashes

Gino is the first to ever carve corian. He can even bend it slightly, should this effect be needed in the makings of a particular work. For imaginative purposes, think of a backsplash with autumn leaves, some of them lifting out of the splash and curving in real 3-dimensional. They can even be back-lit for a soft glowing effect.


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Biography

Gino DiAVonti was born in 1953 in Washington, D.C. His family was in the Popewood business, and he spent the first 5 years of his life on a 500 acre tree farm. They then packed it up and headed for Las Vegas, there in the street paving profession. Later, it was Miami. Since becoming an adult, he resided in California, Las Vegas, NV. and finally back to Florida.

Even before going to school, he had a talent for the Visual Arts, and spent much time in his youth drawing. As a Teenager, he began to move away from using mainly the pencils and fountain pens he had used earlier, and now began painting with Oils. He tried Acrylics, but found them to be limiting. With Oils he felt he had more control over the flow and ebb of the colors, and the length of time to dry was longer, allowing for more thought into each Work.

Gino also realized at this time that he liked to work on large scale, so many of the canvases he used were hand made or custom-ordered. Sizes up to 20 feet long and 8 feet tall were not unheard of. At this time in his life, most of the Works were made for friends or family members.

When Gino was a young adult, he enrolled in the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. While there he began working with the Airbrush and has since created some astonishing Works with this Medium.

© Gino DiAVonti 2005'   Acrylic-carved snail, detail from larger panel. He has always loved surrealism as well as more traditional art, and has studied the Works of Salvador Dali, Michangleo, Da'Vinci, and Escher intensely. Gino loves creating Fine Arts, but also started taking Commissions at this time.


Gino then began sculpting and found this to be his first love. He has carved many utilitarian items for use such as Desktops in the bas-relief format, and also has made many large Masterpieces that are strictly Works of Art. Today however, most of his sculpts are alto rilevo.(deeply carved, not slightly like bas-relief) Gino has done scads of live Carving Exhibitions in the Miami area. Currently the Artist is living in the Naples/Ft Myers Florida area.

Alto-rilevo © Gino DiAVonti 2005' In 1983, Gino was given a slab of Corian, a then only white counter top material made by DuPont. He began carving it, and discovered that it lights from behind, putting a soft glow upon the face. There was an International Meeting for DuPont within a month of the completion of this carving; being held in the Orlando area. Gino attended, and to DuPont's surprize, they found their material carved was fascinating. Gino became quite popular with them, and free advertising was offered. Gino felt he could not keep up with the demands that DuPont made, and turned it down. But Ginos' introducing the carving of the Corian to DuPont became world-known at this time.

Gino was the first to carve corian. He has since taught a couple of other people, but please be sure he was the first to do this.

Gino has since carved Avonite, another material similar to Corian but at that time came in a much larger color variety, including a jade color, which he loved. Many alto-rilevo carvings came from this material within the next few years.

Alto rilevo © Gino DiAVonti 2005' While carving at a Show in Miami, he was approached by a Company that asked him if he could "carve carpet". He was at the time, carving a huge mahogany root into the shape of a pod of Dolphins. Ginos' reply was simply that if he could carve marble and wood, carpet could not be that hard. So within a few weeks, he began carving carpet and perfected it within a few months. For 15 years Gino made custom Sculpted Rugs from the start to finish, designing each group for the Individual tastes of the Client or Designer that he was working with. His beautiful rugs have been sold worldwide. He has even made rugs for the President of Columbia in 1998.

Earlier in the same year, Gino gained access to a much larger Studio that totaled 1788 square feet. He has since spent the last year building it to suit his taste. After spending the summer putting up insulated walls, glass doors, a/c and a drop-ceiling, he has finally reached the point of truly customizing...i.e.: those finishing touches that make the Atelier look like only Gino could have envisioned it.

 Click to show enlarged view It now contains a 24 x 24 Sculpting Room, a 12 x 24 storage area and a 12 x 24 Gallery area. He also does his oil paintings in the Gallery. He has built a large Office, and an insulated room for his Kiln.

Putting the building of the Studio behind him, Gino can now continue to work in the many mediums he has mastered, and has several projects going at one time. As the GRANDEUR magazine article mentions, between commissions he is concentrating on the sculpture of Wall alto rilevos, then the molding of such for reproduction.


                    


     


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