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Don  Localio Treasure Island
Treasure Island, 2013
oil on canvas
34.5 x 30.25 in
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Don  Localio A Sweet Love
A Sweet Love, 2012
oil on canvas
21.5 x 25 in
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Don  Localio Abstract 102
Abstract 102, 2012
oil on canvas
10 x 10 in
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Don  Localio

Don Localio

Don Localio Biography

Donato “Don” Bernardo Localio (b. 1954)



1978                BFA, University of Houston

1980                MFA, Maryland institute College of Art


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010                Cirque: Collective Works by Don Localio, The Real Estate Studio, Charleston, South Carolina

2009                Sparks Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina

2007                Artemisia Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2005                Don Localio: The Pictures of Dorian Gray, Artemisia Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2000                An Evening at the Moulin Rouge: A Collection of Works by Don Localio, LG Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

1998-99           La Rosa Gallery, Milan, Italy

1994                Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, Minnesota

1993                Davanzati Galleria D’Arte, Florence, Italy

1992                Alicia Nieves Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey

1991                Galeria Nadeau, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1989                Magenta Gallery, Rock Hill, New Jersey

1985                Princeton University Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey

1984                Donald Localio Solo, Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, Princeton, New Jersey

1983                Don Localio Paintings, Fine Art Consultants of the Southwest, Houston, Texas

1982                Donald Localio: Recent Works, Memorial Student Center Gallery, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

1980                Donald Localio Solo, DuBose Gallery, Houston, Texas

1980                Paintings by Don Localio, Roberto Molina Gallery, Houston, Texas

1979                Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, Princeton, New Jersey

1978                Donald Localio Solo, Princeton Art Association sponsored exhibition, New Jersey National Bank, Princeton, New Jersey 

1978                St. Stephen’s Church, Houston, Texas

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012-13           San-Ta-Art, PG Contemporary Gallery, Houston, Texas

2011                Op de Muur: A Cross-Generational Dialogue of Abstract Art, curated by Gabriel Diego Delgado, The Audley Society, Houston, Texas

2009                Uptown Fine Arts, Greenville, South Carolina

2008                Shows of Abstraction, William Gordon Gallery, Hendersonville, North Carolina

2008                Bucks County Fine Arts, Newton, Pennsylvania

2008                Icons and Abstractions, M.G. Fine Arts, Asheville, North Carolina

2007                Joan Parks Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania

2007                The Expressionistic Abstract, Revisited: Edie Bristol, Patrick Collins, Don Localio and James Groody, Gallery RoCa Fine Arts, Havre de Grace, Maryland

2006                Art Heart Show, Minerva Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2005                Minerva Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2005                Artemesia Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

2002                J. Richards Gallery, New York, New York

2002                Taylor Gallery, New York, New York

1997                Via Rosa Gallery, Milan, Italy

1995                Bridge Street Gallery, Northfield, Minnesota

1993                Richard Halonen Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1990                Toyamaya Gallery, New York, New York

1990                Modern Abstractions, Art Banque Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1988                Magenta Gallery, Rocky Hill NJ

1987                DuMont Landis Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey

1985                Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, Princeton, New Jersey

1984                Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1983                Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, Texas

1983                Osuna Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1983                Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, Princeton, New Jersey

1981                Abstract Art of the 80’s, Texas A&M University

1981                Made in Houston: Seven Artists, Louisiana Gallery, Houston, Texas

1981                Houston Art League Show, Houston, Texas

1981                Recent Abstract Art by Masters of the Sixties, selected from Meredith Long & Company, Houston, Memorial Student Center Gallery, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

1980                Houston Area Juried Exhibition, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Texas

1980                Roberto Molina Gallery, Houston, Texas

1979                Mercer College, Trenton, New Jersey

1979                Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, Princeton, New Jersey

1979                Contemporary Gallery, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey

1978                Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas

1976                Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas

Selected Collections

F.M.C., Inc., Princeton, New Jersey

Southwestern Gulf Petro, Houston, Texas

Burton and Associates Architectural Firm, Tucson, Arizona

Vision Mortgage Corporation, North Brunswick, New Jersey

Texas A&M University Gallery, College Station, Texas

Don Localio Description

Contemporary artist Don Localio is an abstract expressionist action painter, painting in the grand style of painting, a romantic homage to past and present artists.  While Localio’s gestural compositions are related to abstract expressionism, his imagery and use of color are very contemporary and his language within his works is highly personal.  Localio’s evolution in his art has been natural, focusing on the product of the artist’s emotions and developing sensibility through art. 

Localio is no stranger to the Houston art scene having received his BFA from the University of Houston, where he studied under Houston’s renowned abstract artist Richard Stout. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Localio was frequently exhibited in Houston by Meredith Long Gallery, including an pivotal show of abstract art in 1981 where his work exhibited alongside works by 20th century masters, including Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, and Ellsworth Kelley. Localio left Houston in the early 1980s to pursue his MFA from the Maryland institute College of Art (MICA), followed by time in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.  After almost 25 years, Localio returned to Houston in 2012.  Over the past five years since his return to Houston, Localio has created an impressive body of work ranging from powerful large-scale canvases to intimate, small scale paintings equally captivating.  In his first exhibition William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Don Localio Recent Paintings: A Journey of Love and Passion focuses on this most recent body of work, showcasing Localio’s distinct and recognizable style—one that is full of energy and dramatic color, using a richer, more symbolic approach to abstraction. 

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