Born in 1971 in the “Motor CIty”, Thomas Dellapenna has been developing and
perfecting his passion for creativity since the age of three. His subject matter displays
his unique style and creativity with a versatile range from abstract to surrealism and
realism. Trained in all methods and techniques, he now works primarily in oil on canvas.
From 1991-1995, Dellapenna studied a broad range of ?ne art and design technique at
the Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design in Detroit , Michigan. By
his third year in college he was already working as a product designer and illustrator for
Zen Design Group. By the following year, Thomas was working as an illustrator for
Young and Rubicam, Wunderman Cato Johnson. He worked on multiple Illustration
projects for Ford Motor Company. His work as an Illustrator and designer in Detroit
lead him to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked as a scenic artist, designer, and story
board artist. Dellapenna worked on several projects for the Geoffrey Ballet as the lead
artist on the production of “Lips”, and restoration work on backdrops originally designed
For the next twelve years Thomas lived a creative life in Philadelphia, where he has
collaborated with various scenic studios and theatrical production companies.. His
talent has provided him with work as a sculptor, scenic artist, carpenter and designer for
clients such as Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Opera, Andy Warhol
Museum, MTV Real World Philadelphia, Hollywood Casino, Curtis Opera, Miss
New Jersey Pageant, QVC, Rosie O'Donell Show, Nike, Campbells, Nortel
Networks, Calvin Klein, Mobil, Capital One, Kratt Brothers, Kraft, MCI, Smith Kline
Beecham, Anthropologie, along with many others. .... A project for Theatre Double
Repertory Company earned him a review in The New York Times, and The Village
Voice for his Set Design of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered ******* When
The Rainbow is Enough.”
For many years, Thomas has been an open air painter in Rittenhouse Square,
Philadelphia. This is where he met Pop Artist Perry Milou. Together they opened ?ve art
galleries. He was actively involved with numerous galleries and became a partner in
Galleria 1903, as well as Milou / Dellapennna Gallery.
In May of 2008, Thomas moved to Miami, where he was the artist in residence at the
Milou Gallery in the Wynwood Art District. He was also the Co-Director of the gallery.
In December of 2008 Dellapenna launched his new “Energy” series for Art Basel
In the Summer of 2009, Thomas Dellapenna was commissioned to produce four career
de?ning pieces for the Villanova University School of Law Permanent Art
Collection. Designed as a public museum , Dellapenna's work may be viewed for
generations to come.
Dellapenna's most recent works may be viewed at Artrageous Gallery, located in the
luxury shopping Center, The Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables, Florida. He is
presently the artist in residence and painting live daily at the gallery.