Antonio Di Donato was born in Casanova, Italy. He grew up watching classic western movies and “spaghetti westerns.” He enjoyed reading the adventures of Tex Willer, a very popular Italian western comic book hero. Playing cowboys and Indians left him with a scar in his knee from a younger brother’s homemade arrow and another scar on his forehead from the same brother’s Indian spear. He has always loved horses. His boyhood dream was to live with Indians and ride with the Cowboys.
He was attracted to art as a child, drawing charcoal pictures on the courtyard at his grandfather’s home. Antonio’s talent was recognized early. He was scheduled to enter the Art Academy, but his education was interrupted by the death of his father. Several years later, Antonio enrolled at the Institute of Art at Il Castello in Milan, Italy. He also studied and trained with several well-known artists in Italy and in the United States. Antonio’s interest in the cultures and history of the American West is a favorite hobby. He has tried to incorporate into his life the ideals of respect and admiration for nature, not to be ashamed of hard work, that all things are spiritual in nature, to never give up; to be proud of one’s self, to be simple and direct.
In 1991 Antonio immigrated to the United States where he lives his dream. Not only has he had the opportunity to live with Native Americans and ride with cowboys but he has the privilege to call many of them friends. Antonio’s work has been sold and exhibited internationally. He has been a featured
artist in the Western Horseman magazine. Antonio has successfully participated in several art shows organized by Mountain Trails Galleries and other national shows including the Settlers West Gallery American Miniatures Show, Mountain Oyster Club Annual Art Show and the Settlers West Summer Show. Antonio has had several pieces, including portraits, commissioned by international art collectors and he has had years of experience in commercial art in Italy and in the U.S. The Mountain Trails Gallery in Park City, Utah; Jackson, WY and Settlers West Gallery, AZ currently represent him.