Egidio Antonaccio was an Italian impressionist realist gifted with a rare talent whose oil paintings express his love of nature. Born in Castelluccio, Italy, Egidio Antonaccio graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Castrovillari and the Florence Academy of Fine Arts. Studying with some of the great Italian masters of fine art, he developed a very recognisable artistic style. In 1981, Antonaccio moved to North Carolina in the United States. The mountains, sunny valleys and shady hillsides became the artist's inexhaustible source of inspiration. Antonaccio is best known for his floral landscapes, whose themes range from the elegance of a secluded estate garden to the simplicity of a path with dogwoods and azalea bushes. His technique is light and delicate and his themes are romantic and gentle; each painting evokes feelings of strength, grace and wonder.