Dino in Mexico

Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, I started drawing and painting at a very young age. I was eager to explore the big wide world, so when I graduated from high school, I left Ithaca to travel around the United States, Europe and Mexico.

Oil Painting by Dino

Eventually, I settled down in Chicago, where I studied art at the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the American Academy of Art.

Dino's poster

I worked as a freelance graphic artist and had some cartoons published in the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Reader. Here's a poster I did for the Mayor's Office of Special Events

Dino in Chicago

I started drawing caricatures in the parks and on the street corners of Chicago. During the summer, the windy city is covered with festivals, street fairs and block parties.

In 1997, I joined the crew at Six Flags amusement park in Gurnee, Illinos, where I spent many long hours airbrushing caricatures.

My mentor at Six Flags was Gary Fasen, a pioneer in the field of caricature, who trained many great artists. He was a strong influence on me and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with him.

When Navy Pier opened, I went to work for a caricature stand down by the waterfront. Mmmm... I can still smell the hotdogs!

Since 2010, I have been building an ever-expanding list of happy clients here in South Florida. I love the weather, the beaches, the lifestyle and most of all the people I get to meet. Have questions? Want to know what I can do to make your event even more special? Drop me a line or give me a call.

Need an entertainer for a party or special event in South Florida?

Caricatures are perfect entertainment for: Parties, Holidays, Birthdays, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, Reunions, Showers, Anniversaries, Proms, Trade Shows, Promotions, Company Picnics, Any Occasion!