1950 (Norwood, New Jersey)
New Jersey/New York
Often Known For
book illustration, angel and pin-up painting, television art director
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|The following biography, submitted February 2010, is from the artist.|
The first artistic involvement of Edward Tadiello was with music when
he studied the drums and dreamt of a life as a jazz musician.
After high school his focus shifted to the visual arts. In
various art schools in New York City, most notably The Art Students
League and School of the Visual Arts, he studied figure drawing and
painting, anatomy, advertising design and illustration.
Upon graduating he began his career in illustration, working for
various and diverse clients such as Lietz, Burger King, Royal Air
Maroc, Varig Airlines, Mary Macfaddon, PSE&G, and Orba
In 1983 he was commissioned by Barbara Uland of Dell publishing to
illustrate his first “Candle Light Romance Cover”. To date he has
illustrated around 250 Romance, Western and young adult book covers for
the Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, Harlequin and Scholastic publishing houses.
From 1978 to 1988, Tadiello worked at the JC Penney Company in
marketing publications. He was hired as a designer for marketing
publications and later became an art director in charge of 3d props and
signage for holiday themes. In the mid seventies, he won the
Excellence in Illustration award from the N.J. Art Directors Club.
Since the late eighties, he has focused more on fine art, creating
paintings that centered on the figure, mostly the female form as
Angels, dancer, nudes, pin-up and musician. Today he draws
inspiration from the work of Rubens, Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Bouguereau
and his ever deepening awareness of the Flemish and Venetian techniques
of the 1500/1600s. Robert Beverly Hale, the great anatomist with
whom he studied once said, “Learn how to draw with your intellect
rather then your eyes, then turn it over to your emotions”. He
subscribes to that approach and keeps it in mind whenever he works.
Publishers of the magazine Talent in Motion had an article of
his pin-up work in volume 111 issue 4 (published in 2000). Early
in 2001 the magazine presented him with the best artist of the
year Timmy award based on that article.
In 2005 he became a member of the Scenic Artist Union, Local 829. To date he has worked
on many TV shows, Such as Ugly Betty, Sopranos, New Amsterdam, and films such as Indiana Jones and The Chrystal Skull, The Good Shepherd, Sherlock Holmes, Rachel Getting Married, and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Often he was employed to create portraits and other paintings for the
show. In 2009 he added the Scenic Designer category to his union
membership and has worked as an assistant art director for a Chanel
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