Michael Bell is a renowned American artist (b. 1971), best known for his cinematic, narrative series works and for his infamous portrait painting clientele, which includes reputed Mob Boss John Gotti and numerous actors from hit crime shows and mob movies such as the Sopranos, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale and more.
Bell has always been naturally gifted in art, winning 1st Place in the first art show he ever entered at the age of five. As an emerging artist Bell spent a lot of his time in and around New York City studying art with his maternal grandmother, Violet Vallery, a self-taught artist from Lyndhurst, New Jersey. This is when Bell began to explore life’s psychological issues through his paintings.
“Bell’s works are often the mirror to a tragic world, but they deepen our humanity through psychology, ghostly brushwork and a personal color palette that draws on memories and silent echoes from the artist’s own dark, turbulent past.” – Martin Cid, Editor in Chief, Yareah International Arts Magazine.
“I believe the most important job of an artist is to draw a line from your life to your art that is straight and clear. My line can be traced back to my passion for bringing dramatic stories to life in a realistic fashion. My work serves as a medium through which the audience can safely explore the dangerous and complex world I grew up around, where innocence and morality are often blurred. While I spend a lot of time on the surface, it’s the inside of my subjects that I’m really after. Mysteries and secrets abound.” – Michael Bell
Bell holds a BFA from Lycoming College, a M.Ed. in Art Education from Towson University.