Michael Biello

“Biello draws upon his experiences … transforming them into vignettes that seem like updates of Federico Fellini.” ~Philadelphia Inquirer

Michael Biello is a ceramic sculptor / theatre artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. Biello’s diverse body of visual work ranges from operatic neo-classic chandeliers to theatrical buddhas in dream-like environments. His art uses light to illuminate and inspire.

“I believe that art is a healing force in the world. My work is spirit driven. I honor this spirit by giving it voice – by bringing together diverse elements to create a sense of peace love harmony and balance.” ~Biello

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Michael 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 Museum of Arts and Design – New York, the World Crafts Council – Vienna, the Downey Museum of Art – 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), and Wexler Gallery – Philadelphia (2005 – Present).

Biello has created custom designs for Barneys NYC, art objects for CA ET LA resort in Japan and sculptural lighting that can be seen throughout Philadelphia, including in Red Tettemer’s corporate offices, Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties, and Hickory Lane in Fairmount. An installation of his work was exhibited at Philadelphia International Airport from October 2015 thru May 2016.  He designed the GLAMA Awards and OUTmusic Awards, whose recipients include k.d. lang, RuPaul, Melissa Etheridge, and many other pop music icons.

Biello’s work is in numerous private collections including Michael and Elisabeth Kalogris, Sharon Karmazin, Karol Wasylyshyn and Ken Butera, Brian Daggett and Franz Rabauer, Catherine and Paul Pasternack, Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow!, Andy and Ginny Lewis, Alan Sandman and John Pcsolar, Irv Borowsky and Laurie Wagman, Hether and Don Smith, Arthur Kaplan and Duane Perry, and musician/poet/actor Jill Scott.

Biello Martin Studio is a proud member of the Philadelphia Design District.