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Biagio Black is a Los Angeles artist who gained recognition from a series of painting commissioned by Ford Models called "New Faces". These very graphic and illustrative pieces were first printed on Ford's model comp cards. Each comp card gained a collector's item status in the fashion community and were a successful promotion for Ford.
Follow this success, a Los Angeles event planner coordinated a special Fashion Week event sponsored by General Motors and Ford Models. Black selected ten pieces out of the 32 in the series and created ten 6-foot (1.8 m) foot paintings. These and mixed media video projections created by Black were featured. The event took place on March 17, 2005, at Montmartre Lounge in Hollywood and was attended by over 700 people including many celebrities and members of the press.
On June 7, 2005, Black's “New Faces” collection was included in the 4th Annual Little Black Dress Gala at the trendy W Hotel Los Angeles in Westwood. “Every painting in Biagio’s New Faces exhibit captures the essence of being a woman. Their bold colors and expressive complexions showcase every aspect of a woman’s personality: from the sexy vixen to the girl next door,” said Emmy Cortes, the event’s organizer. “I feel that his artwork echoes the range of the classic “little black dress” from the formal gala to the casual dinner with a friend.” Little Black Dress is an annual international event that allows fashion designers, emerging and established, the opportunity to raise money for Stop Cancer, the charitable organization chaired by former Paramount Pictures President, Sherry Lansing.
While in Paris and Milan, in 2004, Black designed and directed video art pieces for Kate Moss and Tetyana Brazhnyk.
After extensive study of both art and engineering, Black received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Arts in Sciences. Quickly putting his education to work in the professional world, Black immediately began breaking new ground in the world of graphic art and mixed media design. On one of his first high-profile projects, Black solely created and designed the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Flash game for ABC – one of the most successful online games to date. The game was a large success, generating 30 million games played per month (200,000 unique visitors daily). The attention received allowed Black to secure other projects and start up his own company – Modstar Productions, a new media and design company based in Manhattan. Modstar’s client list, which continues to grow, includes Viacom, Warner Bros., Ford Models, HBO, Def Jam, and Cirque du Soleil.
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