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Rich DiSilvio is a native New Yorker whose diversity has earned him the moniker Renaissance Man. At an early age Rich gravitated to art, history, music and architecture. Upon graduating college he attended Harold Stevenson's Academy of Traditional Painting. Stevenson was one of only five protégés ever mentored by Norman Rockwell, and it was upon this historic foundation that Rich mastered one of his many crafts. A few of his oil paintings are below.


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Paintings by DiSilvio


Yes album cover
Custom exterior renovation

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Album cover for Yes

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Graphic and e-card for the Moody Blues

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Interactive site for Operation Valkyrie

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Autism Academy CD-ROM

However, with his strong industrial arts background and construction experience, Rich founded Creative Design Contractors, where his architectural ingenuity was showcased on numerous interior and exterior renovations. One example is the complete redesign and makeover project on the left. Originally a plain white, brick-faced house with aluminum siding, DiSilvio created a stunning clear-cedar showpiece. After a long successful run in construction, DiSilvio returned to the arts by founding Digital Vista—an advertising and design studio. With a primary focus on creative projects for the music, entertainment and publishing industries, Rich has designed book covers, websites, album covers, and animated advertisements for numerous super groups and celebrities, including, Cher, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Yes, The Moody Blues, Madonna, Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, Alice Cooper, Queen and numerous others.

Rich has also worked on projects for historical documentaries, including Killing Hitler, The War Zone series, Return to Kirkuk, James Cameron’s The Lost Tomb of Jesus and Operation Valkyrie, as well as on cable TV shows, including Celebrity Mole, Blood Ties, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union, The Man Show and Monty Python: Almost the Truth.

Having conceived of and designed the Pantheon of Composers porcelain collection for Lincoln Center, Rich eventually distributed the collection to gift shops in performing arts centers nationwide and in Europe. His love of classical music led him to write magazine articles and online commentaries on the great composers, such as the Franz Liszt Site and Peter Tchaikovsky page, which still enjoy a worldwide reception from music lovers, college professors, and students of music, as well as journalists, such as P. Shaw of the Star-Telegram, who interviewed DiSilvio and used excerpts for his own article.

Having returned to college for multimedia programming in the mid-90s, Rich then conceived of, designed, and programmed the first educational software for autism with his Autism Academy CD-ROM. Premiering in 1999, and appearing in Newsday, the program was an ABA learning tool, featuring animated lectures, videos, and interactive lessons to test learning acquisition.

Several of DiSilvio's poems were published in various anthologies, even receiving an award of excellence and a feature spot for the poem "Solidarity." However, after twenty-five-plus years of reading thousands of books on all aspects of history, Rich then turned his attention to his magnum opus, The Winds of Time, which was DiSilvio's first, full-scale literary work. The Winds of Time was an ambitious study of Western civilization that not only documented but also analyzed ancient civilizations, philosophers, emperors, a plethora of religious and political leaders—spanning two millennia—leading up the founding of the United States of America and ending with the presidency of George W. Bush. It also featured numerous architects, scientists, artists, musicians, explorers, and brutal despots, all of whom were crucial to shaping Western civilization for good or bad.

DiSilvio's historical thriller Liszt's Dante Symphony followed, presenting a unique and mysterious plot, with ciphers, serial killings, and spanning two generations, thus documenting Bismarck's militant rise, which led to Kaiser Wilhelm and World War I, and eventually culminated in the fiery cauldron of Hitler's Hell, akin to Dante's Inferno.

A Blazing Gilded Age followed, being an intense and emotional saga about the Wozniak family, poor coal-miners struggling to achieve the American dream. However, they soon fall victim to a ruthless coal tycoon and a tepid government that offers minimal rights and scant protection. Great iconic figures appear throughout, bringing to life an important era in American history.

My Nazi Nemesis is the lauded gold award-winner of RF's International Book Contest and a finalist in the Goethe Awards. It is a fast-paced thriller/mystery with razor sharp dialogue and unexpected twists and turns that will keep readers engaged and baffled until its shocking conclusion.

Rich has also written articles on history, politics, art and music, which have appeared in magazines and books, such as Defending Ancient Rome ~ The Risorgimento: For Good or Ill? ~ Leonardo: Man of Mystery, Genius, Failures & Success ~ FBI (Founded By Italian): Charles Bonaparte, and Fascism’s Maestro: The Rebirth & Reappraisal of Alfredo Casella. Not only did the latter article inspire conductors to present Casella's long neglected works in recent concerts, but DiSilvio also honored Casella once again by making the master's ominous Second Symphony a key element in the thriller My Nazi Nemesis.

One of Rich's many sideline projects is the Great American Leaders mugs and T-shirts collection, which currently features great American Presidents and founders, such as Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. Also included at the site are bicentennial mugs of the great composers Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, and Giuseppe Verdi. All these collections are available at DVbooks.net.

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