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Artist: Donato Giancola by Wendy Mitchell
Review by Gayle Surrette  
Date: 01 Aug 2007

Links: Donato's Website / Donato's FAQ / Show Article /

Cover Image for Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald

I enjoyed the art of Donato Giancola for quite a while before I could name to the work I liked. It's harder to peg his work as his when you look at it since it changes in style from painting to painting, cover to cover -- which is required for a popular illustrator/artist. But, there is sort of a grandeur as if your looking at one of those huge-fill-the-wall-paintings of an old master in a museum even when it's a book cover.

Once again, Donato has been nominated for a Hugo in the Best Professional Artist category and we're hoping to interview him before voting ends. However, having been to his website and looking at his FAQ, the real challenge will be not to bore him with my questions.

UPDATE NOTE: Okay, confession time -- I'm on the last day of the month and I never did get the courage to contact Donato since just about everything is covered by his FAQ. So here's an interview that SFRevu correspondent Wendy Mitchell did with him in 1999. I've added his recent cover for The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald. Enjoy. - Gayle

From official release/information:

ASFA Website bio:
Donato Giancola balances modern abstract concepts with realism in his paintings to bridge the worlds of fine and illustrative arts. He recognizes the significant cultural role played by visual art, and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of the science fiction and fantasy genre that extend beyond the commercial commissions of his clients. Since beginning his professional career in 1993 Donatoć—§ list of clients has continued to grow. From the major book publishers in New York to design firms on the West Coast, his commissions include companies such as LucasArts, National Geographic, DC Comics, The Free Masons of Philadelphia, Microsoft, Amazing Stories, Bantam Books, Ballantine Books, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin, Playboy Magazine, Scholastic, Sony, Tor Books, Warner, Random House, Danbury Mint, Discover Magazine, The Franklin Mint, Milton-Bradley, Hasbro, and Wizards of the Coast.

Donato was born and raised in Colchester, Vermont. He moved to New York City in 1992 shortly after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University to begin his art career. .... (Click on ASFA link to read entire bio)


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