Dino Dinco

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All the Candy in the World Can't Replace You, 2009 Installation With Gold Spray Paint Variable; Ed Of 5 © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
GUTTED: Julie Tolentino, 2010 Performance Installation © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
GUTTED: Mariel Carranza, 2010 Performance Installation © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
GUTTED: Heather Cassils, 2010 Performance Installation © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
GUTTED: Dorian Wood, 2010 Performance Installation © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
Todos Somos Putos , 2010 Cotton T Shirt From Todos Somos Putos Exhibition In Mexicali, Mx © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
Sweat collected by hand from a lover's body over an extended period of time, 2009 Pair Of 2 Dram Glass Vials, Sweat Ed Of 5 © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
El Abuelo, 2008 Short Film © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
Self-Portrait (Proust), 2007 Color Photograph On Metallic Paper Ed Of 1 © Courtesy of Dino Dinco
"Pianos and Bricks" , 2009 Still From Music Video For Dorian Wood © Dino Dinco
Untitled (EP 03), 2006 Archival Lightjet Photograph 40" X 48" © from the series "Elysian Park"
Quick Facts
Lives in
Los Angeles, CA
Works in
Los Angeles, CA
installation, video-art, performance, photography, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance


Dino Dinco was raised by a family of fighting chickens in rural Pennsylvania before moving to Los Angeles as a kid.  He is an artist, curator, filmmaker and photographer. (

Dinco’s photographic work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Paris (2005, 2001), Los Angeles (2001), and San Francisco (2009, 2004), as well as in group shows in London, Mexicali, Paris, Santiago de Compostela, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Hasselt (Belgium), New York and Hamburg, where it appeared in the touring exhibition “Archeology of Elegance: Twenty Years of Fashion Photography.”  Selections from his series “Chico” were featured at Salon Paris Photo at The Louvre, Paris (2001 - 2002).  Dinco’s exhibition TODOS SOMOS PUTOS (with Julio Torres) was reviewed by Chris Kraus in the December 2010 edition of Artforum.

His images have appeared in publications such as surface (US), i-D (UK), Dutch (France), Revista Espacio (Mexico), V (US), SPEX (Germany), Vogue Brasil (Brazil), Tokion (Japan), BIG (US), Studio Voice (Japan), Zoo (France), BUTT (Holland), and stimuli (Malaysia) as well as in the photography anthologies: Sample (Phaidon, 2005), Archeology of Elegance (Schirmer / Mosel, 2002), and Cross (Calloway, 2000). Amongst 800 submissions, Dinco was one of 22 artists selected for surface magazine’s first annual “Avant Guardians” portfolio and traveling exhibition.

In 2010, Dinco curated GUTTED, a five-hour performance art exhibition at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions that focused on how artists speak from / of / to the body. Inspired by Corpus, a work by French philosopher and theorist Jean-Luc Nancy, GUTTED featured 71 artists and performers with durational and short-form actions and readings from artists including: Julie Tolentino & Pigpen, Dorian Wood, Mariel Carranza, Sheree Rose, Benjamin Weissman, Ryan Heffington, Taisha Paggett, Dawn Kasper and Heather Cassils.  Dinco returns to curate GUTTED 2011 at LACE, launching his one year post as Performance Art Curator in Residence.

Through a grant from London’s St. Martins College of Art and Design, Dinco was commissioned by the Fashion in Film Festival 2008 to make the award-winning short film, “El Abuelo,” which premiered at the Tate Modern in London, May 2008, and has since screened at film festivals worldwide.

He is currently finishing production on “Homeboy,” a feature length documentary film about gay Latino men who were in gangs, which will premiere at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney, Australia in March, 2011.

Dinco wrote and directed the experimental theater piece, “Real Women Have Periods,” selected and performed as part of Studio: Summer 2010 at REDCAT, Los Angeles.

In 2006, Dinco founded YOU WEAR IT WELL, an international film program featuring films and videos on fashion and style. Dinco has also worked in television commercial and music video production for over a decade. Dinco serves on the Outreach and Programming Advisory Board of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the largest LGBT archive in the U.S.  He is also a volunteer English language tutor in the Singleton Adult Literacy Center of the Los Angeles Public Library.

The superhero with whom he identifies is Underdog.




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