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Wild and Not So Wild Horses

An Informal Talk with Artists Roberto Dutesco and Dino Rinaldi

Horses and Artistry will be the subject of an informal talk by Roberto Dutesco and Dino Rinaldi at the Reboli Center for Art and History’s Third Friday event, August 17 from 6 – 8 PM. Mr. Dutesco’s photographs and Mr. Rinaldi’s latest paintings are part of the current exhibit, Artistry – The Art of the Horse, at the Reboli Center.

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Roberto Dutesco is a Romanian-born Canadian artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Dutesco began his career as a fashion photographer in Montreal, Canada. In 1994, he shifted the focus of his work to long-term personal projects that explore his environmental issue and natural subject matter.  His photography of the landscape, wildlife, and horses of Sable Island have been on permanent exhibition since 2006 in Soho, New York City. His first trip to Sable Island in 1994 yielded a collection of photographs of the horse sanctuary, which inspired his lifelong project to photograph and film the wild horses.  Since then, he has returned to Sable Island six times to document its landscape and wildlife. His intention with this body of work is to heighten awareness for conservation projects.

Dutesco's films include Sable Island, Chasing Wild Horses, and Time Squared.  Chasing Wild Horses was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival and was the winner of Best International Director of a Documentary at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.  His photographs are part of numerous public and private collections.


Dino Rinaldi grew up in Port Jefferson, NY. He studied art at the University of South Florida before taking a job as an illustrator after college. While delivering a portfolio he was offered a job, on the spot, representing editors and directors. He was drawn to the world of advertising, though he returned to art school after work on nights and weekends. He had discovered the Art Students League of NY, a magical place that would eventually vault him to the rarified and interesting world of full-time artist. 

 Studying under such amazing teachers as Nelson Shanks, Costa Vavagiakis and Efraim Rubenstein introduced him to a world of incredible art and artists. "I couldn't get enough of the school and my teachers", recalls Dino. The more I learned, the more exciting it became.”

Early on when Dino was a teen he remembers opening the local paper Newsday and seeing a landscape painting of gasoline pumps by Joe Reboli. "I looked at it and thought, someday I want to be able to paint like that. It moved me.” Now to have a show at the Reboli Center is very special to him. 

After a successful career in the advertising business, Dino has begun the latest chapter of his life, drawing and painting full time back in the Port Jefferson area.  He lives with his wife and 6-year-old daughter in Setauket. 

 "To be able to create art for a living is a dream come true," Dino remarked with a smile. 

This program will provide insight into the artists’ process and discuss their experiences with horses both domestic and in the wild.