Principato started his art training at an early age. He had the good fortune to have the high school art teacher take a personal interest in his talent. At thirteen he received private art instruction and general guidance concerning his artistic development. After military service Mr. Principato attended the Vesper George School of Art where many well-known artists preceded him. In 1970 he enrolled in the class of world famous portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler at the Art Students League of New York City. The following school year Mr. Principato was selected to study with renowned Boston painter Robert Douglas Hunter, and two years later was invited and accepted in the atelier of R.H. Ives Gammell at the Fenway Studio Building, Boston, MA.