Petrillo was one of the founding members of the First Street Gallery in the late 1960's. His work has been exhibited in numerous one-person and group exhibitions in New York. Petrillo's work is in public and private collections both nationally and internationally.
Of his work in this exhibition, Petrillo says:
The landscapes are from my property in Massachusetts. The figurative drawings are developed from a grant provided by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. The still-life is an ongoing interest for me. Observing light as it illuminates a particular place, while creating a moment expressing a frame of mind, has been the inspiration for these works.