Michael Cartellone was born June 7, 1962 in Cleveland Ohio. He began painting at the age of four and drumming at the age of nine. Music and Art would be a simultaneous learning adventure throughout his childhood.
Michael's professional music career began at the age of 11, when he played his first bar. After many years of the club circuit, he moved to New York City at the age of 22. After playing with former Roxy Music/UK keyboardist Eddie Jobson and then former Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw, Michael found himself a member of the multi-platinum selling band Damn Yankees. This was the springboard for a career that has included recording and/or touring with John Fogerty, Peter Frampton, John Wetton, Freddie Mercury, Cher, Adrian Belew, Accept and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Michael's art career has included Gallery shows in New York City (Soho, two locations), as well as Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fort Collins, Colorado and Long Island, New York before beginning his affiliation with Wentworth Gallery.