I love what I do, and what I do is make art for my clients. Photography, like any art form, can be beautiful, provocative, and serve a practical purpose as well. Like painters of old, I create portraits and document grand events so that you can have something beautiful and engaging to remember it by.
I am a full time professional photographer, with several hundred weddings to my credit, as well as a college professor, and have been working as an artist and photographer in the Cleveland area since 1988. I have a BFA in photography from The Cleveland Institute of Art, where I also studied painting, printmaking, and video. I continue to make and exhibit my original art work in various galleries to this day.
Although I come from a family of professional and amateur photographers, art of the drawing and painting variety was my first interest. It wasn’t until I attended the Cleveland Institute of Art that I developed an interest in the camera as a byproduct of the video work I was doing at the time. Already having a familiarity with the darkroom process from spending time as a child in my brother’s darkroom, it was a relatively easy transition to creating images with the camera and realizing those images under the glow of the amber light in the lab. Although most of the work I do today is digital in origin, the creative process–from composing images, making technical choices about focal lengths and exposures, to digital post processing–is essentially the same. The traditional process is not completely gone, however, as I still maintain one of the last professional B&W darkrooms in the Cleveland area, where I process and print my own work, as well as the work of other professionals and hobbyists.
I am also owner and operator of Mastroianni Photography and Arts, a photographic studio and art gallery in the historic Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, where I feature not only my own work, but the work of other area artists as well. The studio is located at 2687 W. 14th St; hours are by appointment as well as the second Friday of every month for the Tremont Art Walk.
My original photographs are included in many private and corporate collections, including the Cleveland Clinic.
I have exhibited my work in more than twenty five solo and group shows, and have had the honor of curating and/or judging exhibitions as well, including:
2014 Butler Institute of American Art Midyear Exhibit
2014 Juror: Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
2014 “Moon3” Group installation curated by Loren Naji; North Collinwood, Cleveland
2013 “Girls on Film” Mastroianni Arts, solo exhibit
2013 Cleveland Print Room: Homegrown-Northeast Ohio Photographers, group show
2013¬†Mastroianni Photography and Arts: Veterans of Artwalk-Portraits of early Tremont Artwalk protagonists; solo exhibit
2012 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: New Portraits, Old Books, Strange Sounds; solo exhibit and performance
2011 Curator: Brandt 21; 21st anniversary exhibit, Brandt Gallery, Cleveland
2011 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: The Deliberate Portrait; solo exhibit
2010 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: The Literary Sets; solo exhibit
2010 Mastroianni Photography and Arts: Photographic Proof, 1985-1990; solo exhibit
2010¬†Juror: Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
2009 Juror: The Cleveland Institute of Art¬†29th Annual Cuyahoga County Regional Scholastic Awards Exhibition
2009 Juror: Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
2006 Brandt Gallery, Cleveland; group show
2006 Brandt Gallery, Cleveland; solo show
2005 Buzz Gallery-Cleveland; group show
2003 Fifth Annual Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival; Jurors’ selection for Excellence
2003 Canalway Visitor Center, Cleveland Metroparks; Views of Tremont
2002 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Six State Photography Exhibit
2002 Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival; including group show at Kelly-Randall Gallery
2002 “Transfer” Juried group show of photography at Asterisk Gallery, Cleveland
2002 “LTV and Tremont” group show at Smart T’Art Gallery, Cleveland
2001 Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival; including group show at Kelly-Randall Gallery
2000 JCC Beachwood, Ohio; “Sense of Place” group show.
1999 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Six State Photography Exhibit
1998 Safran Studio, Cleveland, solo show
1997 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Oberlin, Six State Photography Exhibit, Juror’s award
1997 The Gathering, Cleveland, solo show
1996 The Free Times-Faces of Cleveland, second place award
1996 The Literary Cafe, Cleveland
1995 Pentagon Gallery, Cleveland Heights
1995 The Free Times-Faces of Cleveland, award-best color photography
1994 The Willoughby Fine Arts Association, Willoughby
1989 May Show, Cleveland Museum of Art
Bachelor of Fine Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, 1988