Rich Tomasello is from Buffalo New York. He earned a BFA in Illustration from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Art Education from Buffalo State College. Tomasello’s mixed-media work has been featured on The Huffington Post and has been shown in many group and solo exhibitions including: Into Action in Los Angeles, Truth to Power during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Erie Art Museum, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Memorial Art Gallery, and Politicon in Pasadena. He has had work commissioned by the New York State Council on the Arts through ArtsWestchester Gallery and his art has been displayed alongside Robert Longo, Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, Banksy, and Guerrilla Girls.
The mixed media art that I create is greatly influenced by the world around me. For several years my art has specifically addressed the loss of innocence. Most recently I have been making large-scale plaster sculptures of objects of violence such as guillotines, video cameras, and tanks. Memories from my childhood, current events, the toy industry, advertising for children specific to gender, and social justice are topics that appear in my work.