Danilo Dalena (b.1942)
Tulog-Talo (Jai-Ali Series)
signed and dated 1981 (lower left)
oil on canvas
16” x 16” (41 cm x 41 cm)
According to Alice Guillermo, Danilo Dalena’s paintings “convey an immensely sensuous, indeed sensual, uninhibited fluidity…. Likewise, their sensuousness exudes a complex aroma of human effusions simmering in the long summer heat…”
Dalena honed his art in hundreds of character studies, figure drawings of down and out betting hall and beer house types. The superb fluency of drawing captures an entire vocabulary of intimate and physical body language, so highly nuanced and yet so transitory.
Guillermo concludes: “Yet Dalena’s satire, while caustic and cutting, is not all dark and heavy. It always bears a note of humor, like a left handed compliment. And this is where he is part of what he satirizes; this is where he is soul brother to the shadowy night denizens and to the down and out habitués of betting halls and beer joints.”