Richard Tomasello was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. He earned a BFA in Illustration from the University at Buffalo and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College. He is an Exhibiting Member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and is a core member of the Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo (ELAB). Tomasello has exhibited in many group exhibitions in Western New York since 1998 and his work can be found in several local collections including the Gerald Mead Collection, the Wade Stevenson Collection, the University at Buffalo, and the Damon Morey Law Firm. Rich Tomasello's work addresses many different social issues prevalent in today's society, such as masculinity, conformity, violence and the abuse of power.