Daniele Donde was born in 1950 and grew up in a wealthy family of collectors of paintings in the Italian town of Cremona. A romantic and a bohemian by nature, after the death of his parents he quickly managed to become bankrupt and was forced to sell the rich collection of paintings, which he inherited. To his surprise, they all turned out to be fakes, (50% of the works were in fact fakes) sold tо his parents as originals. Donde then made his greatest discovery – that he could sell fakes as fakes. He began to create copies of old paintings; the market took them all and soon he opened a school for copyists in Cremona Italy. In 1984, he patented a certificate for fakes, which practically legalized them as works of art. Thus, he put an end to deceiving fakes and created a new trend in world art, known as "Fake Art" (Faux Art) or "The Art of Reproduction." The artist called it "copyright forgery"; spread his ideas and way of thinking and they were quickly accepted everywhere in the world and became a global movement. The idea is to create a second original, but at an affordable price.
1984 he became the undisputed leader of the idea that until that moment had been considered crazy and unachievable. Working constantly and with determination, he took his idea around the world. Temporary art exhibitions of "legal fakes", in major cities were organized: Milan, Rome, Geneva, Zurich, Munich, Madrid, Istanbul, Paris, London, New York, Moscow, Sydney, Tokyo, St Moritz, Gstaad, Monte Carlo. Works by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Modigliani, Sisley, Lautrec, Pissarro were showed. Dondé's motto was: "give everyone a masterpiece". Dondé, appreciated by international famous VIP's like Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Sofia Loren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sultan of Brunei, Prince Albert of Monaco, Mohamed Al Fayed, Flavio Briatore.
In 1990, at his exhibition in Manhattan a New York, Donde was given the honorary title of Professor and Doctor of modern and contemporary art from the prestigious American University PRO DEO . In 1999, in Bad Ragaz Switzerland, he received recognition from another source, "Euro Crystal Globe", which is only given to the most famous Italians in Europe and in the world.
2002 Donde’ presented for the first time his original glamour art collection in Monte Carlo. A tribute to Hollywood myths and legends. He got a fantastic success with his Marilyn Rock.
2010 Dondé created a unique “recycled/upcycled” artwork: THE STRADIVARI ROCK Violin Sculptures – True art made from used authentic violins originating from the Accademia Cremonensis, Cremona, Italy.
2012 opening of his own art gallery in Lugano - Switzerland. Kristal & Glam luxury art gallery located in the best street close to Louis Vuitton shop.
2014 opening of the first Donde’ art gallery in Asia. Kristal & Glam luxury art gallery in Tokyo Japan (donde-oriental.com).
2015 June opening of the first Donde’ art representative in the Emirates. Kristal & Glam art corner at “La Villa” – Jumeirah Road in DUBAI.
2015 July Donde present a world first: the new art collection “Pear flowers”. Violin, cello, mandolin and guitar decorated with thousands of pearls.
2016/2017 Temporary showroom in St. Moritz - Via Serlas. 2017/2018 Comic Pop - Rich Uncle Collection.
"Give everyone a Masterpiece!"
- Daniele Dondé
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