1901 HWY 190, STE 5
Mandeville, LA 70448
Michael Paul Pizzella was born in New Orleans, in 1983 and raised in Mandeville. Michael always loved to draw as a child and his natural ability was first noticed in 2nd grade when his teacher asked him to test for the Mandeville Talented Arts program. He participated in the program until he graduated from Fontainebleau High School in 2002. His love for writing and performing music; however, dwarfed the idea of going to an art institute. So he stuck around town to see if any musical projects would eventually take off. It wasn’t until 2005, when he began custom framing at a shop in the french quarter, that his love for the visual arts had been sparked once again. Befriending many older artists that had been working on the square since the early 1970’s, he picked up pointers about painting and use of mediums. The owner of the shop had also encouraged him to focus on creating and selling art. He started being commissioned to do pastel portraits for tourists in his spare time and selling his art in the shop. Soon after, he sold pen & ink drawings on Jackson Square at night and on his days off.
From 2005 to 2014, he made a living framing and working for various shops, galleries, and other artists, but didn’t have the time to establish himself as a serious artist. He decided that the only way he would be able to continue to grow as an artist would be to have his own shop, where he would continue to custom frame, but also focus on developing his own artistic abilities.
In June of 2014, he opened Pizzella Picture Framing & Fine Art. Michael’s shop in Mandeville, Louisiana is slowly but surely gaining a reputation for the custom framing and artwork he provides to the community.
Michael typically paints with oils, on canvas or wood panels and also does exceptional pen & ink illustrations. The most popular commissioned art so far is his pet portraits, but he has also done many other requests, from home portraits to religious art. His paintings have multiple influences and styles incorportated into them, but doesn’t lock in on any one thing. Michael has stated that his paintings have a bit of a personality disorder, even from one piece to another. A hint of realism, and a bit of impressionism can be found in each individual painting.