"Falling Leaves," Watercolor/Tempra, Leo Rotelli
Friend of Stan Johnson, DHS Employee, Bureau of Fiscal Services, Division
of Enterprise Services
March - May 2012
Floors 6 and 7
I began my art education in the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. My
father, Placido, was a native of Parma Italy, and a sculptor who
apprenticed in the same marble quarry in which Michelangelo began his
career. I helped my father when allowed to and watched carefully. My
youthful fascination soon turned into a lifelong love of art leading to my
studying and graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After
graduating, I worked under John Fabia, Professor of Sculpture at the Art
Institute of Chicago.
Despite my fine arts background I turned to commercial art and design.
In this highly competitive field my career moved quickly. After serving as
Art Director and creative head for Edelstein-Nelson Advertising Agency in
Chicago I opened my own design firm, Rotelli Design, Inc. on North
Michigan Avenue which I successfully operated for 30 years. During that
time I specialized in corporate identity and communication design, winning
dozens of awards in graphic design. But I never lost my love for fine art
and continued my studies with Donald Jackson Mills, an internationally
Today I am devoting all of my much-valued time to fine art. I paint in
all media and concentrate primarily on landscapes, painting them in an
impressionistic style. This focus on nature reflects my enduring love of
the outdoors, also learned from my father, who was an avid outdoor
sportsman and naturalist. In honor of my father's legacy, I sign my
paintings "Nello," the name by which my father liked to call me.
Sample images from the art display at 1 West Wilson
Street. Select each image to open a larger version.
March 07, 2012