“Biello draws upon his experiences … transforming them into vignettes that seem like updates of Federico Fellini.”
Michael Biello is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the American Crafts Museum in New York and the World Crafts Council in Vienna.
Biello’s diverse body of visual work ranges from operatic neo-classic chandeliers to stainless steel light columns creating sensual moving patterns, black and white vases that spin, hand-tinted erotic collages on paper and clay, ceramic headlights that glow from within and buddhas in theatrical dream-like environments – sitting centering flickering buddhas – art that uses light to illuminate and inspire.
He is in numerous private collections including Helen Drutt, Sharon Karmazin, Michael and Elisabeth Kalogris, Irv Borowsky and Laurie Wagman, Brian Daggett and Franz Rabauer, Andy and Ginny Lewis, Alan Sandman and John Pcsolar, Karol Wasylyshyn and Ken Butera, Arthur Kaplan and Duane Perry, and poet/pop musician Jill Scott.
Biello has created custom designs for Barneys NYC, designed art objects for CA ET LA resort in Japan, and he designed the GLAMA Awards and OUTmusic Awards whose recipients include k.d. lang, RuPaul, Melissa Etheridge, and many other pop icons. His sculptural lighting can be seen locally throughout Philadelphia including Red Tettemer’s corporate offices, Kellijane – Rittenhouse Square, Café Lift in the Loft District, and Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties.
Biello graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1973 with a BFA in Ceramics. His teachers included William Daley and Helen Drutt. As his senior project he opened Spacecraft – a storefront studio/showroom near (and later on) South Street and he has continued to create and show his work in ateliers in Noho New York (1989 – 1996) and Old City Philadelphia (1996 – present).
Exhibition highlights include the American Crafts Museum – New York, the World Crafts Council – Vienna, the Downey Museum of Art – Richmond CA, Meyer Breyer Weiss Gallery – San Francisco, Courtland Jessup Gallery – Provincetown, John Elder Gallery – New York, and Clay 1980 – Philadelphia. Gallery representation has included Julie Artisans Gallery – New York (1976 – 1979), Convergence – New York (1979 – 1983), Archetype Gallery – New York (1989 – 1997).
Biello’s unique commitment to collaboration has led him to explore and work in a wide range of artistic disciplines including theatre, dance, songwriting and performance art. His award-winning and critically acclaimed theatre pieces have included work as director, writer, lyricist, mask-maker, set/costume/prop designer, and performer.
Biello’s visual art is represented by
The Wexler Gallery
201 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106