"In Petto" in Italian is to keep in the breast. A secret of the heart. This is how I feel about Venice, Italy. It was in Venice that I felt real artistic wonder for the first time. That city had more of an impact to my soul than I was expecting. Walking the dark stoned streets at night finding secret spots that have been hidden away for hundreds of years surrounded by the noise of the still water in the canals and sparrows about to sleep on a cold February evening was enchanting. This was the most colorful and imaginative city I have ever had the pleasure to walk in. This is the first of I'm sure many paintings I will make about Venice, Italy. It is 16"x20", acrylic on Canvas Board, I tried to make it as colorful as I remember it. The gondolier is transporting a wide open land of trees, bringing the personality and wonder of carnival into Venice for an extravagant carousal of celebration.

- McBiff

In Petto

Acrylic painting on canvas board

Signed on front

16" h x 20" w x .5" d
1 lbs. 5 oz.



Huntington Beach, California

Getting to Know McBiff

Mcbiff is a pseudonym, obviously. He was given the name at 18 when a friend noticed an Irish-tinted resemblance to Biff from Back to the Future. The name never stuck, but he always thought it was funny. Years later, he painted an enamel piece on glass in the style of Ed Roth. It was the only piece he ever painted in that style so he used a pseudonym as the signature, and remembered the name his friend had given name. He liked the way it looked so much that he started signing everything as Mcbiff. McBiff is heavily influenced by mid 20th Century American minimalism and popular culture, which can be recognized as nostalgic and modern at the same time.