Claudio D'Angelo was born in Montreal but grew up in a rural area just north of the city. There he spent much of his time exploring the local woodlots and adjacent fallow fields, discovering the various creatures that made those places their home. Drawing 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 in advertising. However, in 1980, unwilling to repress his true passion any longer, 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 covering 30 years. His coin designs, mostly of wildlife subjects, have been juried and selected dozens of times by The Royal Canadian Mint. His paintings have also been juried to appear on conservation stamps on numerous 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.”