My name is Pete Dato and I was born in Rosedale , Queens , New York, on October 12 1975.
I had my first introduction to painting when my grandmother, Genevieve Salt, gave me oil paints, brushes, and a blank canvas when I was nine years old. My dad had a close friend who was an Artist, Manny Colon. And I remember when I first saw his art studio in his home I was amazed and inspired. He had such great pieces of Art that he created; I knew then that I wanted to pursue painting.
We moved from New York to Marco Island, Florida in 1981. I continued to draw and paint mostly palm trees and beaches, it was a big eye opener living on a tropical island opposed to New York. I think this is a reason why I paint with bright colors.
When I was in High School I entered a contest by illustrating a tee shirt for Project Graduation. It was between six High Schools and was to incorporate all the schools for our 1993 graduation and it turned out that I won. It was a great experience seeing so many people wearing my design.
The next year I attended and later graduated from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale on a full Scholarship where I studied graphic design and illustration. One of my favorite programs that I learned was Photoshop, which I still use today when I do photo retouching by fixing peoples’ old damaged photos.
I have a wide range of Artistic skills from canvas paintings to wall murals and now starting Air brushing.
It’s always a rewarding feeling looking back at a completed piece of art.