Artist

DANIELE DONDÈ

THE MASTER

Daniele Dondè is the exuberant pioneer of what has gone down in history as Faux Art.

Born in Cremona (Italy), he soon became a world celebrity, creating a universal trend based on the idea – then considered crazy – that even old paintings could be used as a basis to express new concepts in a pop key.

Since his youth he has discovered the love for art that his family of collectors transmitted to him, appreciating and continuing that noble role of guardian of universal art.

Later, an unforeseen circumstance led the artist to discover that many of the works his family had collected over many years were actually fakes.
This event sparked and inspired the typically Italian inventiveness of the master who, combined with his eccentric personality, marked the birth of a completely new form of art.

Master Dondè is a romantic man and his works have always been the result of a sincere intent: since 1984 he has been creating modern masterpieces, free from the prison of museums.

BORIS DONDÈ MANCASTROPPA

THE PUPIL

Every master has his heir: Boris is much more than that.

The protégé of the master, Boris Dondè-Mancastroppa, has always elevated the idea of his uncle, giving it a new impetus since the beginning of the new millennium.

His international experience, matured thanks to his studies at the New York Academy and the numerous engagements due to the close ties of those years, led the student to give new shape to the master’s work.

The philosophical evolution and the new commercial drive of Boris have led in a few years the works of Maestro Dondè to be exhibited in Monte Carlo, Tokyo and Dubai, not to mention the recurring showrooms in St. Moritz, Vienna and Zurich and the new permanent gallery in Via Nassa, Lugano.

Thanks to Boris, Dondè’s masterpieces are known all over the world and their exclusivity has turned them into true collector’s items coveted by VIPs, connoisseurs and art lovers.

The master is the spiritual guide, Boris is the incarnation of his idea.

“In a world of mass production,
art must remain unique.”

1950

Maestro Daniele Dondè is born in Cremona (Italy).

1984

The master’s Faux Art sees the light, with the aim of offering everyone a masterpiece. The history of contemporary art changes forever and will never be the same again.

1990

During a performance in Manhattan (New York), the master is awarded the title of Professor and Doctor of Modern and Contemporary Art by the prestigious American Pro Deo State University.

1996

Boris officially joins the master’s team. The gallery immediately benefits from the heir’s new ideas, especially during the first exhibition in Monte Carlo. It is here that the success of his legendary Marilyn Rock is consecrated.

1999

In Bad Ragaz (Switzerland) Dondè is awarded the Euro Crystal Globe.

2010

The unique idea of the Stradivari Rock Violin Sculptures is born from a collaboration with Academia Cremonensis.

2012

The new permanent art gallery dedicated to the works of Maestro Dondè, run by his heir Boris Dondè-Mancastroppa, opens in Lugano in Via Nassa.

2015

Boris’ drive for a still unique and exclusive contemporary art, leads the gallery to cross new goals. Here are the first exhibitions in Tokyo and the creation of a permanent representation in the Arab Emirates at La Villa in Dubai.

2020

After almost 20 years of innovative gallery and event management, Boris finally takes the helm of the maestro’s now famous brand. The new target? To bring exclusive and always unique masterpieces online.