The year 2020 has been such a chaotic year for all of us, hasn’t it? I know that I’m ready to prepare for a better year in 2021! I learned something valuable this year: The moral standards we establish for ourselves also reflect the morality we find acceptable from others. As I proceed into 2021, I know I must continue to work harder and smarter. I hope to inspire others, as I am inspired by the successes of my friends & family.
In 2020, I worked together with my clients to help them bring their artistic vision to life. We accomplished everything from branding packages including an original logo and website; a handful of new Biondo Art merchandise including designs for stickers, magnets, t-shirts, and even a coloring book! How exciting is that?! Also, designed & printed some marketing material & business cards, as well as archival giclee prints on canvas & heavyweight fine art paper.
My clients approach me for traditional fine art which includes original drawings, a hand-drawn illustration for a beer can label, oil paintings and outdoor murals. One of the drawings I created was used for the cover of Layzie Bone’s latest hip-hop album, Wanted Dead or Alive. Not only was it an honor to work for the legendary hip-hop group, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, the cover artwork was displayed as an advertisement in Times Square in New York City. Personally, that is absolutely mind-blowing and just so awesome!
Let’s review the entire scope of work we completed this year with our motivated clients!
LET’S GO BUFFALO
Since the pandemic limited some creative projects, I decided to begin creating some ideas that have been on my list for a while. Once of them was the Let’s Go Buffalo design referencing Super Mario Brothers in an original buffalo character.
You can purchase t-shirts, stickers, magnets, posters, and even mugs of Let’s Go Buffalo right here!
The momentum carried through another project with a more illustrative style for Winging It. In Buffalo, NY, hot wings are preferred to eat with blue cheese only. Asking for a side of ranch may start an arguement. We produced a merchandise campaign similar to a few other designs this year with hoodies & t-shirts, with stickers, magnets, and posters!
Purchase Winging It merchandise right here!
This is one of my favorite designs. This illustrative style that carries out the shape and concept of a tree growing within the head of a buffalo. I love the symmetrical areas and the complexity of the detail. Plus, it still looks great on merchandise.
Take home some Buffalo Roots merch by purchasing here!
My brother, Anthony, is a co-owner of this wonderful company, Textbooks Buffalo, providing students with textbooks and the tools they need to graduate from college. I designed the logo and website for them years ago, but we decided to make some beanie hats, hoodies, and t-shirts for them to represent their business!
BUFFALO ON THE FIELD COLORING BOOK
Patience one of the biggest characteristics of being an artist, and this project might carry the most truth to that phrase. I created artwork for years so that this could be an actual possibility one day! Finally, I had some time to create this. I came across the right people to help me make that idea come alive. This is a 22-page coloring book with a selection of Buffalo Football illustrations I made for some seasons years ago, and now available to be colored at your own leisure!
Want to buy the Buffalo On The Field coloring book? Get it here!
PANCHO POWER BACKPACKS AND MERCH
It was such an honor working with Ezra Castro & Roselyn Kasmire on illustrating the children’s story book, Pancho Power! This touching story impacted the lives of his family, friends, and Buffalo Bills fans everywhere! As a thank you to Ezra’s family, I designed backpacks influenced by the Pancho Power book, and the admirable school supply donation of Pancho Packs created by Del Reid / 26 Shirts & The Teacher’s Desk.
JOSH ALLEN FRAME
FINE ART COMMISSIONS
“JOEY” DOG PORTRAIT OIL PAINTING
Beginning with a blank canvas, and only using paint to allow the image to morph & emerge requires patience, but I’m always too excited to see the result for every piece! I love the outcome of this painting. It was commissioned by my friend Katie Parrino for her father, Donny, as a Father’s Day gift to commemorate their angel, Joey.
In the wake of lost family, we treasure their memories. Their spirit is captured in each of our hearts with reminders that they’re always with us. I’m very happy to be able to create this pencil drawing for my friend, Ivana, for her husband, Andrew. Now, he will always have his late father and two sons together in a portrait!
“SABRE” CAT PORTRAIT PENCIL DRAWING
Attention to detail is a common phrase I think of while completing realistic artwork. In creating traditional portraits and capturing the figure, I attempt to display unique characteristics within the piece.
With a patient hand, clear mind, and slow breathing, I drew this commemorative portrait of Sabre (awesome name 😎) for his owner, Hunter! Animal lovers everywhere know our pets are family too! I love working on artwork like this!
I worked on this for my friend, Brendan Karam, who owns Headspace Gallery in Buffalo, NY, for his girlfriend as a Christmas gift!
LAYZIE BONE “WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE”
Layzie Bone – Wanted Dead Or Alive Cover
Want to listen to this album? Stream it on Spotify!
“AMERICA THE GREAT” WITH FIRST LINE BREWING
GOLD WYNN RESIDENTAL AT JOHNSON PARK, BUFFALO, NY
So what’s next for Biondo Art going into 2021? Well, I’ve been experimenting with the wonder world of sculpting and building with both clay, and tools like legos to create very complex builds. Sculpting with clay has brought me into a world that I never knew existed but feel even more comfortable than most of the work that I’ve been producing. I can’t wait to show everyone the work that I’ve been producing.
I’ve been adding another dynamic to my archival prints by gilding them with gold leaf. This is another element that I would like to bring into my original portrait work.
Murals are always at the top of the list and already signed up for four new ones to be produced in the beginning of 2021.
LET’S WORK TOGETHER
I’d love to thank everyone that worked with me in 2020! You help me with my artistic development, learning so much about myself and others along the way! I’m always working, and would love to help you bring your next idea to life, beyond imagination!
If you are looking to get a custom piece of art for yourself, contact us today!
Michael is a creative visual artist responsible for every piece of art presented on BiondoArt.com with every intention to inspire, encourage, and motivate people to enforce positivity on a daily basis. While his roots still grounded in Buffalo, NY, his branches are growing in Sarasota, FL.