Born and raised in Southern California, Joe Milazzo attended Pasadena City College and Art Center College of Design. Joe was drawn to a fundamental medium, pen, and ink. The boldness and range of depth one gets when using black and white was fascinating to him. Joe considers his ability a God-given talent. One that he doesn’t take for granted. “It is a blessing and a privilege to be able to render images and give glory to God.”
In 1997, Milazzo had the honor of presenting a drawing to President Ronald Reagan. The drawing hung in Mr. Reagan’s office in Century City, California. His portrait of President Reagan, a drawing of Reagan and his Secret Service Agent riding on Reagan’s ranch and the USS Ronald Reagan are on permanent display at the Reagan Center in Santa Barbara.
His delicate, yet intricate lines and his attention to detail make him a sought-after artist. His commissions of prominent figures for public and private clients are collected internationally. Milazzo has recently added charcoal to his drawing resume. This allows him to create much larger scale drawings and yet still keeping the same technique. The larger drawings are even more dramatic. Milazzo joined the prestigious list of artists who have rendered the poster several years for Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days Fiesta and Rodeo. His collectors include President and Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan Center in Santa Barbara, Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Janeway Museum in Santa Ynez, George and Susan Hearst, and Bo Derek.